9 of 11 labor markets see decrease in unemployment rate

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Apr 20, 2014 4:56 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Detailed data from the state Department of Labor and Industry reveals more good news for those looking for work. In nearly every area of the midstate, the unemployment rate fell in February.


From Sunbury to Selinsgrove, Chambersburg to Lancaster, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped.

That measurement is considered more accurate because it accounts for usual swings in employment around shopping seasons or summer weather.

The sharpest tumble in the rate came in five separate areas - Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon, Juniata, and York - at .3%.

The Lebanon metro area maintained its status as the area with the lowest unemployment rate at 4.7%.

The Pottsville micropolitan area is 2.5% higher, at 7.2% - that's the highest in the midstate.

All of this data is for the month of February.

March's data is due out on April 29th.

The breakdown:

Lewisburg - up .2%, from 5.9 to 6.1
Pottsville - down .2%, from 7.4 to 7.2
Juniata - up .3%, from 6.0 to 6.3
Sunbury - down .1%, from 7.0 to 6.9
Seligsgrove - down .2%, from 5.8 to 5.6
Gettysburg - even at 5.0%
Chambersburg - down .1%, from 5.5 to 5.4
York - down .3%, from 6.2 to 5.9
Lebanon - down .3%, from 5.0 to 4.7
Lancaster - down .3%, from 5.2 to 4.9
Harrisburg - down .3%, from 5.7 to 5.4

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