Unemployment rate in midstate counties falls across the board in January

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Mar 25, 2014 12:16 PM

(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.


The Lebanon metro area has the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 5 percent, followed closely by Lancaster at 5.2 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.

Sunbury's and Pottsville's rates also fell, but both remain above average, at or above 7 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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