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Unemployment rate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA rises to 9.8 percent

05.21.10

MAY 2010 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Unemployment rate in MSA rises to 9.8 percent

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, April 30th- According to labor data provided by the Pennsylvania, Department of Labor and Industry, the region’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 9.8 percent, increasing by two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report, which was released approximately four weeks before. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) includes Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wyoming Counties. Twelve months ago the unemployment rate for the region was 8.2 percent.

The unemployment rate in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is 9.0 percent, increasing by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous report. Pennsylvania has a seasonally adjusted civilian labor force of 6,458,000 with 582,000 not working and 5,876,000 with employment. The national unemployment rate is 9.7 percent, unchanged from the previous report.

There are 15,005,000 civilians in the nation reported to be unemployed.

That number does not include civilians that have exhausted their unemployment benefits and have stopped looking for work. There are at least 21,000,000 civilians in the nation without jobs.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA has the fouth largest labor force in Pennsylvania with 286,700 civilians. The Philadelphia MSA has the largest labor force at 2,991,500 with 275,800 not working; the Pittsburgh MSA is second at 1,128,300 with 103,600 without jobs; the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the third largest labor force at 426,400 with 41,600 not working; and the Harrisburg/Carlisle MSA has the fifth largest civilian labor force at 286,300 with 22,900 without employment.

Of the 14 MSA’s within Pennsylvania, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton is tied with the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA and the Johnstown MSA for the second highest unemployment rate. The Erie MSA has the highest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 10.0 percent, with the Reading MSA third highest at 9.7 percent.

There are 28,100 residents reported to be not working in the MSA, increasing by 4,800 from twelve months before. That number also does not include civilians who unemployment benefits have expired and stopped looking for work.

The State College MSA has the lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 6.4 percent. The Lebanon MSA has the second lowest unemployment rate in the state at 7.6 percent, the Altoona MSA has the third lowest rate at 7.9 percent followed by the Lancaster MSA at 8.0 percent.

Lackawanna County has the lowest unemployment rate in the MSA at 9.2 percent, increasing by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous report and increasing by one and five-tenths of a percentage points from one year ago. Lackawanna County has a labor force of 108,800, decreasing by 500 civilians from the previous report and rising by 500 from one year ago. There are 10,100 Lackawanna County residents without jobs, increasing by 1,600 from twelve months ago.

Luzerne County has the highest unemployment rate in the MSA at 10.2 percent, increasing by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous report and increasing by one and seven-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months ago. Luzerne County has a labor force of 163,200, decreasing by 800 from the previous report and increasing by 1,200 during the past year. Of the labor force 16,700 do not have a job, increasing by 100 during the past four weeks and rising by 2,900 from one year ago.

Wyoming County has a unemployment rate of 10.1 percent, increasing by two and two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report and jumping by one and eight-tenths of a percentage point from one year ago. Wyoming County has a labor force of 14,700, increasing by 300 from the previous report and dropping by 100 during the past twelve months. There are 1,500 Wyoming County residents without jobs, increasing by 400 from the previous report and increasing by 300 from one year ago.

Within the MSA, manufacturing jobs decreased by 1,200 during the past twelve months to 28,600. The labor department reported the number was the lowest ever recorded for the sector.

Goods producing jobs have decreased by 1,400 during the past twelve months to 37,300. Nonfarm jobs decreased by 3,600 during the past twelve months to 249,800 with construction jobs dropping by 200 and service-producing jobs dropping by 2,200.

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