FEBRUARY 2015, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News
MSA’s unemployed rate decreases to 5.3 percent
BY PAUL LEESON
REGION, January 14th- According to labor data provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Center for Workforce Information and Analysis in Harrisburg, the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 5.3 percent, decreasing by three-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report. The unemployment rate for the MSA is the lowest it has been since May 2008 when it was also at 5.3 percent.
The MSA includes Lehigh, Northampton, and Carbon Counties of Pennsylvania and Warren County, New Jersey. Twelve months ago the unemployment rate for the region was at 7.3 percent.
There are fourteen MSA’s in Pennsylvania and the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the fourth highest unemployment rate.
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA has the highest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 6.0 percent. The Johnstown MSA has the second highest unemployment rate at 5.9 percent, and the Philadelphia MSA has the third highest at 5.6 percent.
The State College MSA has the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 3.9 percent. The Lancaster MSA and the Lebanon MSA are tied for the third lowest at 4.1 percent. The Harrisburg/Carlisle MSA has the fourth lowest unemployment rate at 4.2 percent.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Pennsylvania is 5.1 percent, dropping by three-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report, and decreasing by one and eight-tenths percentage points from twelve months before.
There are 323,000 Pennsylvania residents without jobs and the state has a civilian labor-force of 6,368,000 with 6,045,000 employed.
The national seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was reported to be 5.8 percent, unchanged from the previous report and dropping by one and two-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months before.
Carbon County has the highest unemployment rate in the MSA at 5.9 percent, increasing by one-tenth of a percentage point from the month before. Carbon County has a labor-force of 31,500 civilians with 1,900 unemployed.
Northampton County has the lowest unemployment rate within the MSA at 5.2 percent, rising by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous report and dropping by two full percentage points from one year before. Northampton County has a labor-force of 153,200 civilians with 7,900 not employed.
Lehigh County has a unemployment rate of 5.3 percent, rising by two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report. Lehigh County has a labor-force of 183,600 with 9,800 unemployed.