Schuylkill County’s un­em­ploy­ment rate in­creases slightly

The Republican Herald - - FRONT PAGE - BY MARK GILGER JR. Staff Writer

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.

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