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Lehigh Valley unemployment rate remains at 8.6 percent

03.08.13

MARCH 2013, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

Lehigh Valley unemployment rate remains at 8.6 percent

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, February 13th- 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 8.6 percent, unchanged 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 at 8.5 percent.

There are fourteen Metropolitan Statistical Area’s in Pennsylvania and the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the fourth highest unemployment rate.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA continues to have the highest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 9.5 percent. The Johnstown MSA has the second highest unemployment rate at 8.9 percent with the Philadelphia MSA fourth at 8.7 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 for the second lowest unemployment rate in the state at 6.7 percent while the Pittsburgh MSA and the Altoona MSA are tied for the third lowest at 7.3 percent.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Pennsylvania is 7.9 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 517,000 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 6,559,000 and 6,042,000 of them have employment.

The national seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was reported to be 7.7 percent, unchanged 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 seven-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months before.

The Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the third largest labor force in Pennsylvania with 433,800 civilians, increasing by 300 from the previous report and rising by 11,400 during the past twelve months.

The Philadelphia MSA has the largest labor force at 3,027,600 with 262,400 not working; the Pittsburgh MSA has the second largest labor force at 1,268,100 with 92,000 without jobs; and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre MSA has the fourth largest civilian labor force in the commonwealth at 292,300 with 27,700 civilians without jobs. The Harrisburg MSA has the fifth largest labor force in Pennsylvania with 290,100 civilians and 21,000 of them are without jobs.

Northampton County has the lowest unemployment rate in the MSA at 8.6 percent, increasing by three-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report and rising by four-tenths of a percentage point from twleve months ago.

Carbon County has the highest unemployment rate in the MSA at 10.4 percent, increasing by three-tenths of a percentage point from the month before and rising by one-tenth of a percentage point from twelve months ago.

Lehigh County has a unemployment rate of 8.9 percent, increasing by five-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report and twelve months before.