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Lehigh Valley’s unemployment rate decreases to 6.4 percent

06.11.14

JUNE 2014, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

Lehigh Valley’s unemployment rate decreases to 6.4 percent

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, May 7th- 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 6.4 percent, decreasing by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous report. 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 8.1 percent.

There are fourteen MSA’s in Pennsylvania and the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA is tied with the Erie MSA for the fourth highest unemployment rate.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA continues to have the highest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 7.7 percent. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA has had the highest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania for nearly four consecutive years. The Johnstown MSA has the second highest unemployment rate at 7.2 percent, and the Philadelphia MSA and the Williamsport MSA are tied for the third highest at 6.6 percent.

The State College MSA has the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 4.6 percent. The Lebanon MSA and the Lancaster MSA are tied for the second lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 4.8 percent, with the Harrisburg/Carlisle MSA third at 5.2 percent.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Pennsylvania is 6.0 percent, dropping by two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report, and decreasing by one and seven-tenths percentage points from twelve months before.

There are 390,000 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 6,442,000 and 6,052,000 of them have employment.

The national seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was reported to be 6.7 percent, reported to be unchanged from the previous report. The national unemployment rate was down eight-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months before, mainly because of workers that have exhausted their unemployment benefits due to the federal government not extending benefits for the long-termed jobless.

There are 10,489,000 civilians nationwide without employment but that number also does not include workers that have exhausted their unemployment benefits and stopped looking for work.

The Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the third largest labor force in Pennsylvania with 428,800 civilians, decreasing by 6,300 during the past twelve months. There are 27,600 civilians without employment, dropping by 8,800 from one year ago.

The Philadelphia MSA has the largest seasonally adjusted labor force in Pennsylvania at 2,983,800 with 195,600 not working; and the Pittsburgh MSA has the second largest labor force at 1,244,100 with 72,300 without jobs.

Carbon County has the highest unemployment rate in the MSA at 7.4 percent, increasing by five-tenths of a percentage point from the month before. Carbon County has a civilian labor force of 32,200 with 2,400 without employment.

Lehigh County has the lowest unemployment rate within the MSA at 6.5 percent, rising by three-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report. Lehigh County has a civilian labor force of 186,200 with 12,100 without jobs.

Northampton County has a unemployment rate of 6.7 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous report. Northampton County has a civilian labor force of 156,200 with 10,500 jobless.