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Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton Metropolitan Statistical Area jobless rate at 8.9 percent

09.30.12

OCTOBER 2012, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton Metropolitan Statistical Area jobless rate at 8.9 percent

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

LEHIGH VALLEY, September 9th- 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 is 8.8 percent, increasing by three-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report, which was released approximately four week before. The Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Lehigh, Northampton, and Carbon Counties of Pennsylvania and Warren County, New Jersey. Twelve months ago the unemployment rate for the region was also 8.8 percent.

There are fourteen Metropolitan Statistical Area’s in Pennsylvania and the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA is tied with the Philadelphia MSA for the third highest unemployment rate.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA continues to have the highest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 9.6 percent. The Johnstown MSA has the second highest unemployment rate at 9.0 percent with the Williamsport MSA fourth at 8.6 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 Pennsylvania at 6.6 percent and the Lancaster MSA has the third lowest at 6.7 percent.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Pennsylvania is 7.9 percent, rising by three-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report but dropping by two-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months before.

There are 509,000 Pennsylvania residents without jobs, but that number does not include residents that have exhausted their unemployment benefits and stopped looking for work.

Pennsylvania has a seasonally adjusted workforce of 6,478,000 and 5,969,000 of them have employment.

The national seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was reported to be 8.3 percent, increasing by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous report. That number also does not include civilians that have exhausted their unemployment benefits and have stopped looking for work. The nation unemployment was down eight-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months before.

The Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the third largest labor force in Pennsylvania with 433,400 civilians, increasing by 700 from the previous report and rising by 11,600 during the past twelve months.

The Philadelphia MSA has the largest labor force at 2,999,400 with 264,000 not working; the Pittsburgh MSA has the second largest labor force at 1,259,900 with 92,900 without jobs; the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre MSA has the fourth largest civilian labor force in the commonwealth at 288,300 with 27,700 civilians without jobs. The Harrisburg/Carlisle MSA is the fifth largest labor force in Pennsylvania with 287,100 civilians and 21,300 of them are jobsless.

There are 12,794,000 residents nationally unemployed but counting workers that have exhausted their unemployment benefits or have been unable to find full-time work there are more than 16.9 million Americans without jobs. After workers have exhausted their unemployment benefits they are no longer counted as unemployed unless they continue to apply for work.

Carbon County continues to have the highest unemployment rate in the MSA at 9.9 percent. Lehigh County and Northampton County have the same unemployment at 8.8 percent.

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