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Unemployment rate slides down across the midstate

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Dec 9, 2014 4:49 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The unemployment picture has improved in the midstate during October, according to the latest detailed data from the state

The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate fell in all 12 midstate regions last month, while Sunbury snagged the largest job gains. Its rate fell seven-tenths of a percentage point to 5.2%.

The results are especially noteworthy because its seasonally adjusted labor force, or those willing and able to work, also added 300 people.

Meanwhile, Gettysburg maintains its crown as the midstate region with the lowest unemployment rate - a mere 3.8%.

Lancaster and Lebanon tied for second place.

The in-depth data comes from the state Department of Labor and Industry, about a week after it announced the statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate hit the lowest level in six years.

In October, the seasonally-adjusted labor force and number of people employed climbed in every region except for Juniata, where it remained flat.

Adjusting numbers for seasonal swings is considered a best practice by many economists because it accounts for the trends in the American economy, like workers hired to handle the holiday rush.

 

The full results:

Harrisburg-Carlisle: 4.4 percent, down .3, seasonally adjusted labor force up 300, jobs up 1,100
Lancaster: 4.3, down .2, labor force up 400, jobs up 1,000
Lebanon: 4.3, down .2, labor force up 100, jobs up 300
York-Hanover: 5.0, down .3, labor force up 300, jobs up 1000
Chambersburg: 4.4, down .3, labor force up 600, jobs up 900
Gettysburg: 3.8, down .3, labor force up 400, jobs up 600
Sunbury: 5.2, down .7, labor force up 300, jobs up 400
Pottsville: 5.4, down .5, labor force up 300, jobs up 600
Selinsgrove: 4.7, down .4, labor force up 200, jobs up 200
Juniata: 4.7, down .4, labor force even, jobs even
Lewisburg: 5.0, down .4, labor force up 300, jobs up 300
Huntingdon: 6.1, down .5, labor force up 100, jobs up 100

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