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Lehigh Valley’s unemployment rate decreases to 8.3 percent

06.07.13

JUNE 2013, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

Lehigh Valley’s unemployment rate decreases to 8.3 percent

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, May 12th- 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 8.3 percent, decreasing by three-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report, which was released approximately four week before. The Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Lehigh, Northampton, and Carbon Counties of Pennsylvania and Warren County, New Jersey. Twelve months ago the unemployment rate for the region was also at 8.3 percent.

There are fourteen Metropolitan Statistical Area’s in Pennsylvania and the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the fourth highest unemployment rate.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA continues to have the highest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 9.6 percent. The Johnstown MSA has the second highest unemployment rate at 9.2 percent.

The State College MSA has the lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 5.9 percent. The Lebanon MSA and the Lancaster MSA are tied for the second lowest rate at 6.5 percent with the Harrisburg MSA third at 7.1 percent. The Pittsburgh MSA has the fourth lowest unemployment rate 7.3 percent.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Pennsylvania is 7.9 percent, dropping by two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report and increasing by three-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months before.

There are 512,000 Pennsylvania residents without jobs, but that number does not include residents that have exhausted their unemployment benefits and stopped looking for work.

Pennsylvania has a seasonally adjusted workforce of 6,508,000 and 5,995,000 of them have employment.

The national seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was reported to be 7.6 percent, decreasing by one-tenth from the previous report. The national unemployment rate was down six-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months before, mostly because of a decrease in the workforce and workers that have stopped looking for work.

The Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the third largest labor force in Pennsylvania with 437,400 civilians and 38,200 have no employment. The Philadelphia MSA has the largest labor force at 3,023,700 with 254,700 not working; and the Pittsburgh MSA has the second largest labor force at 1,257,900 with 91,300 without jobs.

Northampton County and Lehigh County have the lowest unemployment rate in the MSA at 7.8 percent. Northampton County’s rate decreased by two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report while Lehigh County’s rate dropped six-tenths of a percentage point.

Carbon County’s unemployment rate is 9.6 percent, decreasing by seven-tenths of a percentage point from the month before.

Letter Carriers Union files labor complaint against USPS

06.07.13

JUNE 2013, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

Letter Carriers Union files labor complaint against USPS

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, May 18th- A Shop Steward of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 274 Union filed a labor complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia alleging the United States Postal Service (USPS) violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

The Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge was filed on May 6th, 2013 and alleges postal service management violated section 8(a), subsections (1) and (5) of the NLRAct by not providing information that was requested by Branch 274 Shop Steward Dwayne Achey, of Freemansburg.

According to the Unfair Labor Practice, which was discovered by the newspaper while reviewing ULP’s and/or petitions filed at the NLRB Region Four office, Mr. Achey alleges USPS management failed to provide the Union with information to process grievances filed in March, 2013.

The USPS office that was alleged to violate the NLRAct is located in Emmaus.

The Employer Representative identified on the ULP to be contacted is Joyce Maurer, USPS Post Master.

NALC Branch 274 office is located on North 5th Street in Allentown, according to the labor complaint.

NALC members deliver and pickup USPS mail and packages to homes and businesses throughout the nation.

The number of employees represented by Branch 274 at the USPS facility in Emmaus is 23 the ULP states.

The National Association of Letters Carriers Union and the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) represent the majority of the USPS workers with a combined membership of nearly 400,000 workers.