(Harrisburg) -- In all four major metropolitan areas in the midstate, the unemployment rate fell in January, compared to the previous month, and some areas saw a decrease of nearly a half a percent.
In the Harrisburg and Carlisle area, the rate fell to 5.7 percent.
Meanwhile, 6.2 percent of workers in the York and Hanover area were looking for work in January.
Harrisburg and Lancaster both shed nonfarm jobs overall, while York and Lebanon added to its payrolls.
In the Gettysburg micropolitan area, January's unemployment rate is just as low as Lebanon, at 5 percent.
The unemployment rate also fell in Susquehanna, Northumberland, and Adams counties.
All the figures from the state Department of Labor and Industry are seasonally adjusted.
When jobs numbers are seasonally adjusted, economists consider them more reliable because it accounts for typical swings in employment, like the holiday shopping season in retail.
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