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Unemployment rates fall in most midstate labor markets

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Dec 12, 2013 12:54 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- The statewide unemployment rate stands at 7.5 percent after falling one-tenth of a point in October, and the midstate's jobless numbers are showing similar signs of improvement.

Unemployment rates improved slightly across most midstate labor markets. Rates in the Harrisburg-Carlisle and York-Hanover markets each saw modest dips of one-tenth of a percentage point.  They now stand at 6.6 percent and 7.0 percent respectively.

The Lancaster and Lebanon markets each saw unemployment fall by two-tenths of a point. Lancaster's October jobless rate is 6.1 percent. Lebanon's is 5.9 percent.

Those are the second and third best jobless rates across all 14 of the state's Metropolitan Statistical Areas, according to Department of Labor and Industry data.

The Lancaster MSA figure marks its lowest unemployment since 2009.  The same can be said about Reading's 7.4 percent October unemployment rate. 

Some of the gains across the region are being attributed to retailers hiring seasonal workers for the holidays and school districts returning to full employment in the fall.

Chambersburg was the midstate's only labor market to see its unemployment rate climb in October. Despite a net gain of 400 non-farm jobs, Chambersburg's rate now stands at 6.5 percent, an increase of two-tenths of a point.

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