Schuylkill County’s unemployment rate increases slightly
POTTSVILLE — Schuylkill County’s unemployment rate has only slightly fluctuated over the past three months.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased 0.1 of a percentage point to 5.8 percent in August, according to the latest figures released Tuesday by the state Department of Labor & Industry. It was also 5.8 percent in June. A year ago, it was 6.4 percent.
Meanwhile, the state rate dropped 0.1 of a percentage point over the month to 4.9 percent. The national rate increased 0.1 of a percentage point to 4.4 percent.
The seasonally adjusted labor force also only slightly changed in August. The labor
force increased by 100 to 66,700. The number of employed also increased by 100 to 62,900, while the number of unemployed stayed the same at 3,800 over the month.
In August, there was a total of 50,4000 nonfarm jobs in the county. That’s up 200 both over the month and year.
There were increases of 100 jobs in the transportation, warehousing and utilities, and local government industry sectors.
“Across the state it was a pretty nondescript month,” Jeff Newman, industry and business analyst for the department, said Tuesday. “In the jobs report, it seems odd that local government is up 200 over the year. That may be due to public schools seemingly starting earlier every year. It could be back to little or no gain in September. Probably the biggest news would be manufacturing jobs being up 100 over the year, while being down statewide.”
The surrounding areas had the following seasonally adjusted rates in August: Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton, 5.1; Harrisburg and Carlisle, 4.2; Reading, 4.6; Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton, 5.5; and Bloomsburg, Berwick and Sunbury, 4.8.