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

01.21.13

JANUARY 2013, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

MSA’s unemployment rate decreases to 9.4 percent

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, January 4th- According to labor data provided by the Pennsylvania, Department of Labor and Industry, the region’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 9.4 percent, decreasing by one-tenth 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 9.2 percent.

The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania is 7.8 percent, dropping by two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report. Pennsylvania has a seasonally adjusted civilian labor force of 6,542,000 with 512,000 not working and 6,030,000 with employment. The national unemployment rate is 7.7 percent, decreasing by two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report. The national unemployment rate decreased by a full percentage point from twelve months ago. The unemployment rate does not include civilians that unemployment benefits have expired and stopped looking for work.

There are 12,029,000 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 8.7 percent with the Philadelphia MSA and the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA tied for third at 8.6 percent. The Williamsport MSA has the fourth highest unemployment in the state at 8.1 percent and the Reading MSA has the fifth highest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 7.8 percent.

The State College MSA has the lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 5.7 percent. The Lebanon MSA and the Lancaster MSA are tied with the second lowest unemployment rate at 6.6 percent. The Pittsburgh MSA and the Harrisburg MSA are tied for the third lowest unemployment rate at 7.2 percent.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre MSA has the fourth largest labor force in Pennsylvania with 291,400 civilians and 27,300 of them are without employment. The Philadelphia MSA has the largest labor force in Pennsylvania at 3,019,600 with 259,400 not working; the Pittsburgh MSA has the second largest labor force at 1,265,100 with 90,900 without jobs; and the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the third largest labor force at 433,200 with 37,200 not working.

The Williamsport MSA has the smallest labor force in Pennsylvania with 63,900 civilians and 5,200 of them have no jobs. The Altoona MSA has the second smallest labor force with 65,900 civilians with 4,800 without employment and the Johnstown MSA is third with a labor force of 69,200 and 6,100 of them are not working.

Lackawanna County continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in the MSA at 8.7 percent, unchanged from the previous report. Lackawanna County has a civilian labor force of 110,500. There are 9,600 civilians without employment in Lackawanna County, unchanged from the previous report.

Wyoming County has the highest unemployment rate with in the MSA at 10.1 percent, also unchanged from the previous report. Wyoming County has a civilian labor force of 14,900, with 1,500 unemployed, unchanged from the previous report.

Luzerne County has a unemployment rate of 9.3 percent, decreasing by five-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report. Luzerne County has the largest civilian labor-force in the MSA at 165,700 and 15,400 civilians are unemployed dropping by 500 from the previous report.

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