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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA’s unemployment rate increases to 9.6 percent

09.12.12

SEPTEMBER 2012 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

MSA’s unemployment rate increases to 9.6 percent

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, August 30th- According to labor data provided by the Pennsylvania, Department of Labor and Industry, the region’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 9.6 percent, an increase of two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report, which was released approximately four weeks before. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) includes Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wyoming Counties of Pennsylvania. Twelve months ago the unemployment rate for the region was 9.4 percent.

The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania is 7.9 percent, rising by three-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report. Pennsylvania has a seasonally adjusted civilian labor force of 6,478,000 with 509,000 not working and 5,969,000 with employment. The national unemployment rate is 8.3 percent, increasing by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous report. The national unemployment rate has decreased by eight-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months ago. The unemployment rate does not include civilians who unemployment benefits have expired and stopped looking for work.

There are 12,794,000 civilians in the nation reported to be unemployed. That number also does not include civilians that have exhausted their unemployment benefits and have stopped looking for work.

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

The Johnstown MSA has the second highest unemployment rate in the commonwealth at 9.0 percent with the Philadelphia MSA and the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA tied for third at 8.8 percent. The Reading MSA has the fifth highest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 8.1 percent.

The State College MSA has the lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 6.2 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 6.7 percent. The Pittsburgh MSA and the Harrisburg MSA are tied with the fourth lowest unemployment rate at 7.4 percent.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre MSA has the fourth largest labor force in Pennsylvania with 288,300 civilians and 27,700 of them are without employment. The Philadelphia MSA has the largest labor force in Pennsylvania at 3,999,400 with 264,000 not working; the Pittsburgh MSA has the second largest labor force at 1,259,900 with 92,900 without jobs; and the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the third largest labor force at 433,400 with 36,100 not working.

The Williamsport MSA has the smallest labor force in Pennsylvania with 63,700 civilians and 5,400 of them have no jobs. The Altoona MSA has the second smallest labor force with 64,500 civilians with 4,900 without employment and the Johnstown MSA is third with a labor force of 68,100 and 6,200 of them are not working.

Lackawanna County continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in the MSA at 9.1 percent, increasing by five-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report and dropping by one-tenth of a percentage point from one year ago. Lackawanna County has a civilian labor force of 109,400, rising by 600 from the previous report with 10,000 civilians without employment, rising by 700 from the previous report.

Luzerne County continues to have the highest unemployment rate in the MSA at 9.9 percent, increasing by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous report and rising by four-tenths of a percentage point during the past twelve months. Luzerne County has the largest civilian labor-force in the MSA at 164,400, decreasing by 100 from the previous report. Luzerne County has 16,400 civilians unemployed, increasing by 200 from the previous report and rising by 1,100 during the past twelve months.

Wyoming County’s unemployment rate is 9.2 percent, increasing by two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report and decreasing by one-tenth of a percentage point during the past twelve months. Wyoming County has a civilian labor force of 14,600, with 1,300 unemployed, unchanged from the previous report.

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