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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA’s unemployment rate increases to 9.4 percent

09.20.11

SEPTEMBER 2011 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

MSA’s unemployment rate increases to 9.4 percent

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, September 1st- According to labor data provided by the Pennsylvania, Department of Labor and Industry, the region’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 9.4 percent, increasing by three-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 9.8 percent.

The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania is 7.8 percent, increasing by two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report. Pennsylvania has a seasonally adjusted civilian labor force of 6,303,000 with 494,000 not working and 5,809,000 with employment. The national unemployment rate is 9.1 percent, decreasing by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous report.

The unemployment rate does not include civilians who unemployment benefits have expired and stopped looking for work.

There are 13,931,000 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 actually at least 18,000,000 civilians in the nation without jobs.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA has the fifth largest labor force in Pennsylvania at 278,900 civilians with 26,100 not working. The Philadelphia MSA has the largest labor force at 2,941,800 with 257,600 not working; the Pittsburgh MSA has the second largest labor force at 1,215,100 with 90,100 without jobs; the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the third largest labor force at 416,800 with 36,900 not working; and the Harrisburg/Carlisle MSA has the fourth largest civilian labor force at 279,800 with 20,300 without employment. The Harrisburg/Carlisle MSA recently surpassed the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre MSA for the fourth largest labor force in Pennsylvania because more civilians in our region have exhausted their unemployment benefits and are no longer counted. The numbers indicate that while the two MSA’s are close to the same labor force, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre MSA has more than 6,000 more civilians unemployed.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA continues to have the highest unemployment rate among the 14 MSA’s within Pennsylvania.

The Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA and the Philadelphia MSA are tied for the second highest unemployment rate at 8.8 percent. The Johnstown MSA has the third highest unemployment rate in the Commonwealth at 8.7 percent.

The State College MSA has the lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 6.1 percent. The Lebanon MSA has the second lowest unemployment rate in the state at 6.6 percent, while the Lancaster MSA has the third lowest unemployment rate at 6.9 percent. The Altoona MSA has the fourth lowest unemployment rate at 7.1 percent.

Lackawanna County and Wyoming County are tied for the lowest unemployment rate within the MSA at 9.2 percent.

Lackawanna County’s unemployment rate increased by one-tenth of the percentage point from the previous report and decreased by one-tenth of a percentage point from twelve months ago. There are 9,700 civilians in Lackawanna County without employment, increasing by 100 from the previous report and dropping by 100 from twelve months ago. Lackawanna County has a civilian labor-force of 107,500.

Wyoming County’s unemployment rate decreased by two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report and from twelve months ago. Wyoming County has 1,300 civilians of the labor force without employment, unchanged from the previous report and during the past twelve months.

Luzerne County has a unemployment rate of 9.5 percent, increasing by three-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report and dropping by six-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months before. Luzerne County has the largest civilian labor-force in the MSA at 158,700, decreasing by 100 from the previous report and dropping by 100 during the past twelve months.

Manufacturing jobs within the MSA decreased by 300 from the previous report and have dropped by 700 from twelve months ago to 27,100.

Local government jobs dropped by 1,800 from the month before and decreased by 300 from one year ago to 19,200. Federal government jobs dropped by 600 during the past twelve months.

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