Midstate unemployment edges higher in June

Written by Craig Layne, Morning Edition Host/Reporter | Jul 30, 2013 11:27 AM

(Harrisburg) -- June's statewide unemployment rate is holding steady at 7.5 percent, the lowest number since March 2009, but jobs are slipping away in some parts of the midstate.

Juniata County is seeing the biggest jump in unemployment in the region - with a rate increasing half a percentage point to 7.6 percent.

The Pottsville area in Schuylkill County has the highest unemployment rate at 9 percent, up one tenth from last month.

The so-called Lancaster Metropolitan Statistical Area notched a one-tenth of a point increase in unemployment to 6.3 percent.

Analysts at the state Department of Labor and Industry blamed this, in part, on the closure of the School Specialty distribution center in Rapho Township.

Unemployment in the York-Hanover area decreased by a tenth of a percent to 7.2 percent -- driven by an increase of professional and business services jobs to record highs.

Unemployment rates are unchanged in the Harrisburg-Carlisle, Lebanon and Reading areas.

The Lebanon area has the region's lowest unemployment rate at 6.2 percent.


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