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.
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.