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Lehigh Valley unemployment rate increases to 8.8 percent

11.17.12

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

Lehigh Valley unemployment rate increases to 8.8 percent

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, November 2nd- 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 one-tenth 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 at 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 8.3 percent.

The State College MSA has the lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 6.0 percent. The Lebanon MSA and the Lancaster MSA are tied for the second lowest unemployment rate in the state at 6.7 percent.

The Pittsburgh MSA and the Harrisburg MSA are tied for the third lowest at 7.4 percent.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Pennsylvania is 8.2 percent, rising by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous report and increasing by two-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months before.

There are 530,000 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 6,504,000 and 5,974,000 of them have employment.

The national seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was reported to be 7.8 percent, dropping by three-tenths 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 one and two-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months before.

The Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the third largest labor force in Pennsylvania with 432,200 civilians, increasing by 500 from the previous report and rising by 1,500 during the past twelve months.

The Philadelphia MSA has the largest labor force at 3,007,500 with 264,200 not working; the Pittsburgh MSA has the second largest labor force at 1,259,700 with 93,100 without jobs; and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre MSA has the fourth largest civilian labor force in the commonwealth at 288,800 with 27,600 civilians without jobs. The Harrisburg MSA is the fifth largest labor force in Pennsylvania with 288,400 civilians and 21,400 of them are without jobs.

There are 12,086,000 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 16.8 million Americans without jobs.

Northampton County has the lowest unemployment rate in the MSA at 8.6 percent, unchanged from the previous report.

Carbon County has the highest unemployment rate in the MSA at 10.2 percent, rising by four-tenths of a percentage point from the month before. Lehigh County has a unemployment rate of 8.7 percent, unchanged from the previous report.

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