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