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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/HazletonMSA’s unemployment rate decreases to 9.2 percent

12.29.11

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

MSA’s unemployment rate decreases to 9.2 percent

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, December 3rd- According to labor data provided by the Pennsylvania, Department of Labor and Industry, the region’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 9.2 percent, decreasing by one-tenth 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 9.7 percent.

The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania is 8.1 percent, decreasing by two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report. Pennsylvania has a seasonally adjusted civilian labor force of 6,354,000 with 513,000 not working and 5,842,000 with employment. The national unemployment rate is 9.0 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 13,897,000 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 17,600,000 civilians in the nation without jobs.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA is tied with the Harrisburg/Carlislie MSA for the fourth largest labor force in Pennsylvania at 280,400 civilians with 25,700 not working. The Philadelphia MSA has the largest labor force at 2,963,900 with 250,400 not working; the Pittsburgh MSA has the second largest labor force at 1,235,700 with 89,700 without jobs; and the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the third largest labor force at 416,700 with 35,900 not working.

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 has the second highest unemployment rate in the Commonwealth at 8.6 percent, while the Philadelphia MSA has the third highest at 8.4 percent. The Johnstown MSA has the fourth highest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 8.2 percent.

The State College MSA has the lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 5.3 percent. The Lebanon MSA has the second lowest unemployment rate in the state at 6.2 percent, while the Lancaster MSA has the third lowest unemployment rate at 6.5 percent. The Altoona MSA has the fourth lowest unemployment rate at 6.8 percent.

The Williamsport MSA has the smallest labor force in Pennsylvania with 59,700 civilians. The Lebanon MSA is second with 73,600 civilians and the State College MSA is third with a labor force of 75,000.

Lackawanna County has the lowest unemployment rate within the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre MSA at 8.9 percent. Lackawanna County’s unemployment rate decreased by three-tenths of the percentage point from the previous report and dropped by five-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months ago. There are 9,500 civilians in Lackawanna County without employment, decreasing by 300 from the previous report and dropping by 500 from twelve months ago. Lackawanna County has a civilian labor-force of 106,500.

Luzerne County has the highest unemployment rate in the MSA at 9.4 percent, decreasing by seven-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 159,600, decreasing by 300 from the previous report but rising by 800 during the past twelve months.

Wyoming County unemployment rate is 9.0 percent, decreasing by five-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report and dropping by five-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months ago. Wyoming County has 1,300 civilians of the labor force without employment, decreasing by 100 from the previous report and during the past twelve months.

The Department of Labor reported the retail trade sector employment gained 400 jobs over the month, but dropped 500 jobs during the past twelve months. Grocery store jobs were down 100 from the previous report and decreased by 200 jobs from one year ago.

Leisure and hospitality employment dropped by 400 jobs over the month to 22,200 but rose by 500 jobs from twelve months before. The job increase in the sector was the 13th consecutive month that showed an over-the-year increase. The sector increase was 2.3 percent over the year in the MSA.

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