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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA’s unemployment rate at 9.4 percent, state’s highest

07.29.13

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

MSA’s unemployment rate at 9.4 percent, state’s highest

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, June 2nd- 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 three-tenths 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 7.6 percent, dropping by three-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report. Pennsylvania has a seasonally adjusted civilian labor force of 6,505,000 with 496,000 not working and 6,008,000 with employment. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate increased by two-tenths of a percentage point over the past year.

The national unemployment rate is 7.5 percent, decreasing by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous report. The national unemployment rate fell by six-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. The reason the unemployment rate dropped both in the state and nation was because of civilians that have stopped looking for work and are no longer counted in the labor force.

There are 11,659,000 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 9.1 percent, the Philadelphia MSA has the third highest at 8.2 percent with the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA fourth at 8.1 percent.

The State College MSA has the lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 5.8 percent. The Lebanon MSA and the Lancaster MSA are tied with the second lowest unemployment rate at 6.4 percent. The Harrisburg MSA has the third lowest unemployment rate at 6.9 percent.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre MSA has the fifth largest labor force in Pennsylvania with 285,400 civilians and 27,000 of them are without employment. The Philadelphia MSA has the largest labor-force in Pennsylvania at 3,022,100 with 249,700 not working; the Pittsburgh MSA has the second largest labor-force at 1,259,400 with 89,100 without jobs; and the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the third largest labor force at 437,800 with 35,300 not working.

The Williamsport MSA has the smallest labor force in Pennsylvania with 64,200 civilians and 5,200 of them have no jobs. The Altoona MSA has the second smallest labor-force with 65,000 civilians with 4,600 without employment and the Johnstown MSA is third with a labor-force of 68,500 and 6,200 of them are not working.

Lackawanna County continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in the MSA at 8.8 percent, increasing by two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report. Lackawanna County has a civilian labor force of 108,200, and 9,600 civilians are without employment.

Luzerne County has the highest unemployment rate within the MSA at 9.5 percent, decreasing by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous report.

Wyoming County unemployment rate is 9.4 percent, unchanged from the previous report. Wyoming County has a civilian labor-force of 14,600, with 1,400 unemployed.