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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA’s unemployment rate remains Pennsylvania highest

07.30.13

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

MSA’s unemployment rate remains Pennsylvania highest

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, July 2nd- According to labor data provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, the region’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 9.3 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 9.4 percent.

The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania is 7.5 percent, also dropping by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous report. Pennsylvania has a seasonally adjusted civilian labor force of 6,521,000 with 488,000 not working and 6,033,000 with employment. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate increased by four-tenths of a percentage point over the past year.

The national unemployment rate is 7.6 percent, increasing 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.

There are 11,760,000 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 8.1 percent with the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA and the Williamsport MSA are tied for fourth at 7.9 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 6.2 percent. The Harrisburg MSA has the third lowest unemployment rate at 6.8 percent, followed by the Altoona MSA at 6.9 percent.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre MSA has the fifth largest labor force in Pennsylvania with 285,800 civilians and 26,500 of them are without employment.

The Philadelphia MSA has the largest labor-force in Pennsylvania at 3,023,200 with 245,400 not working; the Pittsburgh MSA has the second largest labor-force at 1,262,300 with 87,100 without jobs; and the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the third largest labor force at 439,400 with 34,800 not working. The Harrisburg MSA has the fourth largest labor force in Pennsylvania with 288,200 civilians with 19,500 not working.

The Williamsport MSA has the smallest labor force in Pennsylvania with 64,200 civilians and 5,100 of them have no jobs. The Altoona MSA has the second smallest labor-force with 64,800 civilians with 4,500 without employment and the Johnstown MSA is third with a labor-force of 68,400 and 6,100 of them are not working.

Wyoming County has the lowest unemployment rate in the MSA at 8.8 percent, dropping by five-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report. Wyoming County has a civilian labor-force of 14,600, with 1,300 unemployed. Luzerne County has the highest unemployment rate within the MSA at 9.4 percent, decreasing by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous report. Luzerne County has a civilian labor force of 163,500 with 15,300 of them not employed.

Lackawanna County unemployment rate is 8.9 percent, rising by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous report. Lackawanna County has a civilian labor force of 109,100, and 9,700 civilians are jobless.