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Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton Metropolitan Statistical Area unemployment rate decreases

02.10.10

FEBRUARY 2010, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton Metropolitan Statistical Area unemployment rate decreases

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

LEHIGH VALLEY, January 6th- 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 decreased by five-tenths of a percentage point to 9.3 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 6.3 percent.

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

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Pennsylvania is 8.5 percent, decreasing by four-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report, which was released approximately four weeks ago. There are 540,000 Pennsylvania residents without jobs. Pennsylvania has a seasonally adjusted workforce of 6,328,000 and 5,788,000 of them have employment. The national seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was reported to be 10.0 percent, decreasing by two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report. However, the rate does not include workers who benefits have been exhausted and have stopped looking for work. There are 15,375,000 residents nationally unemployed which also does not include workers who benefits have been exhausted.

The data shows the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA and the Erie MSA are tied for the highest unemployment rate in the state at 9.4 percent. The Johnstown MSA, the Williamsport MSA, and the Reading MSA are tied for the third highest unemployment rate in the state.

The State College MSA has the lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 5.9 percent, with the Lebanon MSA second at 7.0 percent. The Lancaster MSA and the Harrisburg/Carlisle MSA are tied for the third lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 7.5 percent.

The Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the third largest civilian labor force in Pennsylvania at 416,400, rising by 4,900 during the past twelve months. There are 38,700 residents in the MSA without jobs, rising by 12,100 during the past twelve months.

The Philadelphia MSA has the largest civilian labor force in Pennsylvania at 2,950,300 with 261,000 residents not working. The Pittsburgh MSA has the second largest civilian labor force at 1,205,200, with 95,100 residents unemployed. The Harrisburg/Carlisle MSA has the fourth largest civilian labor force in the state at 280,300, with 21,000 residents unemployed. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre MSA has the fifth largest civilian labor force at 279,500 with 26,400 residents not working.

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