Midstate unemployment a mixed bag for April

Written by Craig Layne, Morning Edition Host/Reporter | May 30, 2013 4:20 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Unemployment across the commonwealth is down three tenths of a point to 7.6 percent, but April's jobless numbers in the midstate point to both gains and losses.

Analysts at the State Department of Labor and Industry credit seasonal construction activity and industries like landscaping for lowering the joblessness rate one tenth of a point in the Lancaster area to 6.4 percent.

The rate moved in tandem with the Lebanon area.

Things improved more quickly in the so-called Harrisburg-Carlisle Metropolitain Statistical Area, where joblessness dropped two tenths of a point to 6.9 percent as the business services sector rose to a new record high.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Juniata County had the biggest jump in unemployment -- up seven-tenths of a point to 7.7 percent.

Selinsgrove in Snyder County saw a jump of three tenths of a percent to 7.9 percent, and Pottsville in Schuylkill County had the region's highest unemployment rate at 9 percent.

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