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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA’s unemployment rate remains highest at 9.2 percent

08.28.13

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

MSA’s unemployment rate remains highest at 9.2 percent

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, July 31st- According to labor data provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, the region’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 9.2 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 9.5 percent.

The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania is 7.5 percent, unchanged from the previous report. Pennsylvania has a seasonally adjusted civilian labor force of 6,529,000 with 490,000 not working and 6,040,000 with employment. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate decreased by five-tenths of a percentage points over the past year.

The national unemployment rate is 7.6 percent, also unchanged 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 11,777,000 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 8.8 percent, the Philadelphia MSA has the third highest at 8.1 percent with the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA and the Williamsport MSA tied for fourth at 7.8 percent.

The State College MSA has the lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 5.8 percent. The Lebanon MSA has the second lowest unemployment rate at 6.2 percent while the Lancaster MSA has the third lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 6.3 percent. The Harrisburg MSA has the fourth lowest unemployment rate at 6.7 percent, followed by the Altoona MSA at 6.8 percent.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre MSA has the fifth largest labor force in Pennsylvania with 285,700 civilians and 26,200 of them are without employment. The Philadelphia MSA has the largest labor-force in Pennsylvania at 3,031,800 with 244,100 not working; the Pittsburgh MSA has the second largest labor-force at 1,266,600 with 86,300 without jobs; and the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the third largest labor force at 441,700 with 34,700 not working. The Harrisburg MSA has the fourth largest labor force in Pennsylvania with 289,000 civilians with 19,400 not working.

The Williamsport MSA has the smallest labor force in Pennsylvania with 64,200 civilians and 5,000 of them have no jobs. The Altoona MSA has the second smallest labor-force with 64,800 civilians with 4,400 without employment and the Johnstown MSA is third with a labor-force of 68,600 and 6,000 of them are not working.

Luzerne County has the highest unemployment rate within the MSA at 9.5 percent, increasing by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous report but dropping by six-tenths of a percentage point from twleve months before. Luzerne County has a civilian labor force of 163,200 with 15,500 of them not employed.

Lackawanna County has the lowest unemployment rate within the MSA at 9.0 percent, rising by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous report and one year ago. Lackawanna County has a civilian labor force of 108,900, and 9,800 civilians are jobless.

Wyoming County unemployment rate is 9.4 percent, increasing by six-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report and unchanged from twelve months before. Wyoming County has a civilian labor-force of 14,600, with 1,400 unemployed.