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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA’s unemployment rate increases to 9.5 percent

02.11.13

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

MSA’s unemployment rate increases to 9.5 percent

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, February 4th- According to labor data provided by the Pennsylvania, Department of Labor and Industry, the region’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 9.5 percent, increasing 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 9.1 percent.

The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania is 7.9 percent, rising by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous report. Pennsylvania has a seasonally adjusted civilian labor force of 6,559,000 with 517,000 not working and 6,042,000 with employment. Pennsylvania’s unemployment increasedby two-tenths of a percentage point over the past year.

The national unemployment rate is 7.8 percent, unchanged from the previous report. The national unemployment rate decreased by seven-tenths of a 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 12,206,000 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 8.9 percent, the Philadelphia MSA has the third highest at 8.7 percent. The Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the fourth highest unemployment rate at 8.6 percent, with the Williamsport MSA fifth at 8.2 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 6.7 percent. The Harrisburg MSA has the third lowest unemployment rate at 7.2 percent followed by the Pittsburgh MSA at 7.3 percent.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre MSA has the fourth largest labor force in Pennsylvania with 292,300 civilians and 27,700 of them are without employment. The Philadelphia MSA has the largest labor-force in Pennsylvania at 3,027,500 with 262,000 not working; the Pittsburgh MSA has the second largest labor-force at 1,268,100 with 92,000 without jobs; and the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the third largest labor force at 433,800 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 66,400 civilians with 4,800 without employment and the Johnstown MSA is third with a labor-force of 69,500 and 6,200 of them are not working.

Lackawanna County continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in the MSA at 9.2 percent, increasing by five-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report and rising by four-tenths of a percentage point during the past year. Lackawanna County has a civilian labor force of 110,600. There are 10,200 civilians without employment in Lackawanna County, rising by 600 from the previous report and increasing by 800 over the past year.

Wyoming County has the highest unemployment rate within the MSA at 11.5 percent, increasing by one and three-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report. Wyoming County has a civilian labor-force of 15,100, with 1,700 unemployed, rising by 200 from the previous report and increasing by 800 during the past twelve months.

Luzerne County has a unemployment rate of 10.1 percent, increasing by eight-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report and rising by a full percentage point from twelve months ago. Luzerne County has the largest civilian labor-force in the MSA at 166,400 and 16,800 civilians are unemployed increasing by 3,300 from the previous report and rsing by 2,200 during the past year.