The tri-county area including Luzerne, Wyoming and Lackawanna ended 2013 just like it began, with the highest unemployment rate of the state’s 14 metropolitan statistical areas. December also marked the 45th month in a row the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton region held that distinction.
Lancaster County‘s unemployment rate fell again in November, dipping to 5.9 percent from October’s 6.1 percent, the state reported Friday.
In declining for the third straight month, the local jobless rate sank to its lowest point since December 2008, when it was 5.6 percent.
The new rate means the county continues to slowly make progress toward its pre-recession level of unemployment.
“It’s taking a lot of time to settle down,” said Bill Sholly, an analyst with the state Department of Labor & Industry.
Berks County‘s unemployment rate decreased to 7.3 percent in November from 7.4 percent in October, the lowest unemployment rate since January 2009, when it was also 7.3 percent, the state Department of Labor and Industry reported Friday.
Berks’ unemployment rate was the eighth-lowest among the state’s 14 metropolitan statistical areas, or MSAs.
“For Berks, as an MSA, it did rather well compared to other MSAs,” said Steven Zellers, industry and business analyst at Labor and Industry.
The Lehigh Valley’s unemployment rate dipped below 8 percent in May for the first time in more than four years, another indication that the labor market continues to slowly recover from steep job losses inflicted during the Great Recession.
The Valley region’s unemployment rate in May was 7.9 percent, down from 8.1 percent in April. It was last below 8 percent in February 2009. The Valley’s unemployment rate remains higher than the state, 7.5 percent, and nation, 7.6 percent.
Today’s alarming financial news is the rise in first-time unemployment claims to 385,000, up 28,000 and also above expectations. The U.S. Labor Department report shows the labor market is weakening, not that it was anything resembling strong in the first place. It makes me want to cry, because every piece of news like this makes me even more distraught about the future of the 4.8 million long-term unemployed.
I’ve covered unemployment issues or more than a decade and the future for those who are out of work beyond the normal six months funded by state benefits is very bleak. These aren’t lazy bums, but desperate people who are financially and emotionally devastated by their situation.
Lancaster County’s unemployment rate slipped to 6.8 percent in February, the state Department of Labor & Industry said Tuesday.
By declining slightly from January’s 6.9 percent, the county’s rate remained among the best in Pennsylvania.
Of the state’s 14 metropolitan areas, only State College (6.0 percent) and Lebanon (6.7 percent) had better unemployment rates.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre had the worst, at 9.8 percent.
Lancaster County has thousands more people working than a year ago.
Sadly, it also has hundreds more people looking for work without success.
That’s pretty much why the unemployment rate here has been spinning its wheels.
Lancaster County’s jobless rate rose to 6.7 percent in December, the state said Monday
The jobless rate in Lancaster County fell in November to 6.6 percent, the state announced Thursday.
By declining from October’s 6.7 percent, the local jobless rate decreased for the first time since April.
“It’s a slow go,” said Bill Sholly, an analyst with the state Department of Labor & Industry.
Sholly explained that employers typically are cautious about rebuilding their work forces after a recession.
The number of Pennsylvania‘s unemployed decreased by 16,000 in November, the largest decline since 1983 and the second largest decline on record.
The unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in November, down three-tenths of a percentage point from the October rate of 8.1 percent, according to a press release from the state Department of Labor and Industry.
This was the lowest rate for Pennsylvania since June.
The rate hit 9.3 percent, up sixth-tenths of a percentage point from May. It was the region’s highest jobless rate since September, when it was 9.7 percent.
“It’s negative, there’s no question, but it’s not as bad as it sounds,” said Anthony Liuzzo, Ph.D., a business and economics professor at Wilkes University. “It takes the wind out of our sails a little bit when we see numbers like this.”
The region’s unemployment rate remained Pennsylvania’s highest for the 27th consecutive month.
The increase from April’s 6.1 percent was the first uptick in the local jobless rate since August.
Despite edging higher, the Lancaster County jobless rate remained among the best in Pennsylvania.
Lancaster County‘s unemployment rate receded again in March, the state said Monday.
The jobless rate slid to 6.0 percent from February’s 6.2 percent, the fifth consecutive monthly decline.
The new rate is the lowest in Lancaster County since January 2009, when the rate stood at 5.9 percent.
“We still might have the occasional blip here or there, but the rate is heading in the right direction,” said Bill Sholly, an analyst with the state Department of Labor & Industry.
February unemployment rates fell in both Reading and Berks County. Reading’s rate fell 0.8 percentage points from a revised 11.7 percent in January, and Berks County’s rate fell 0.3 percentage points from a revised 7.8 percent in January, according to statistics provided today by the state Department of Labor and Industry.
The seasonally adjusted county rate decreased 0.7 percentage points from February 2011.
In the city, the unemployment rate was down from 12 percent a year earlier, or 1.1 percentage points. That rate is not seasonally adjusted.
The decreases to jobless rates are significant for both the county and the city, said Steven Zellers, department industry and business analyst
Good news on the unemployment front in Pennsylvania. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that our state’s jobless rate declined to 7.4% in May. While this is a very modest change from 7.5% in April, Pennsylvania is still heading in the right direction! We can’t say that about other states!
The number of folks filing new unemployment claims increased by 43,000 in the U.S. during April 2011. Unemployment claims reached 474,000! It was expected that the number of claims would decrease to around 400,000 for April.
Tell me again the recession is over!
Some better economic news for the City of Reading and Berks County was released for February 2011. The jobless rate in Berks County fell to 8.1 percent and the City of Reading’s jobless rate dropped to 12.5 percent. Berks County saw a third straight month of decline in the unemployment rate. State and local government hiring helped lower the jobless rate. Schuylkill County (Pottsville) saw a decline in their jobless rate to 9.1 percent.
Major labor markets with higher unemployment than Reading/Berks were Johnstown (8.4 percent), Philadelphia (8.5 percent), Lehigh Valley (8.7 percent) and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (9.0 percent)
The State College metro area had the lowest jobless rate at 5.3 percent. Other metro areas with low jobless rates were Lebanon (6.3 percent), Lancaster (6.8 percent), Pittsburgh (7.0 percent), Harrisburg (7.1 percent) and York (7.6 percent).
Reading and Johnstown tied for the third-highest jobless rate for PA cities (12.5 percent). Allentown was second with 12.7 percent and Hazleton took top honors with 14.9 percent.
Bradford County had the lowest county jobless rate with 5.1 percent. This is due to the Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling in Bradford County.
Pennsylvania’s jobless rate was 8.0 percent and the U.S. rate was 8.9 percent for February 2011.
The Pennsylvania jobless rate for November dropped to 8.6% while the nationally the unemployment rate rose to 9.8%. November marked the fourth straight month unemployment in Pennsylvania has decreased.
The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania has dropped for the third consecutive month. October’s rate fell to 8.8%, down from 9.0% in September.