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Lehigh Valley unemployment rate at 8.6 percent

04.27.13

MAY 2013, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

Lehigh Valley unemployment rate at 8.6 percent

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, April 5th- 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, decreasing 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 at 8.2 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 9.8 percent. The Johnstown MSA has the second highest unemployment rate at 9.4 percent.

The State College MSA has the lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 6.0 percent. The Lebanon MSA has the second lowest rate at 6.7 percent and the Lancaster MSA has the third lowest at 6.8 percent. The Harrisburg MSA has the fourth lowest unemployment rate at 7.3 percent while the Pittsburgh MSA has the fifth lowest at 7.4 percent.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Pennsylvania is 8.1 percent, dropping by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous report and increasing by five-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months before.

There are 532,000 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 6,540,000 and 6,009,000 of them have employment.

The national seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was reported to be 7.7 percent, decreasing by two-tenths from the previous report. That number also does not include civilians that have exhausted their unemployment benefits and have stopped looking for work. The national unemployment was down six-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months before, because of a decrease in the workforce.

The Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the third largest labor force in Pennsylvania with 436,800 civilians, increasing by 1,000 from the previous report and rising by 13,800 during the past twelve months.

The Philadelphia MSA has the largest labor force at 3,037,800 with 262,600 not working; the Pittsburgh MSA has the second largest labor force at 1,265,100 with 94,000 without jobs; and the Harrisburg MSA has the fourth largest civilian labor force in the commonwealth at 290,800 with 21,300 civilians without jobs. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre MSA has the fifth largest labor force in Pennsylvania with 290,100 civilians and 28,500 of them are without jobs.

Northampton County has the lowest unemployment rate in the MSA at 7.9 percent, dropping by one full percentage point from the previous report and decreasing by one-tenth of a percentage point from twleve months ago.

Carbon County has the highest unemployment rate in the MSA at 10.1 percent, decreasing by six-tenths of a percentage point from the month before and rising by one and six-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months ago.

Lehigh County has a unemployment rate of 8.2 percent, dropping by six-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report but increasing by three-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months ago.