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Lehigh Valley’s unemployment rate at 5.8 percent

12.03.14

DECEMBER 2014, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

Lehigh Valley’s unemployment rate at 5.8 percent

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, November 22nd- 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 5.8 percent, decreasing by one-tenth of a percentage point the previous report. The unemployment rate for the MSA is the lowest it has been since August 2008 when it was 5.7 percent.

The MSA includes Lehigh, Northampton, and Carbon Counties of Pennsylvania and Warren County, New Jersey. Twelve months ago the unemployment rate for the region was at 7.5 percent. There are fourteen MSA’s in Pennsylvania and the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the fourth highest unemployment rate.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA continues to have the highest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 6.7 percent. The Johnstown MSA has the second highest unemployment rate at 6.4 percent, and the Philadelphia MSA has the third highest at 6.0 percent.

The State College MSA has the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 4.2 percent. The Lancaster MSA and the Lebanon MSA are tied for the third lowest at 4.5 percent. The Harrisburg/Carlisle MSA has the fourth lowest unemployment rate at 4.7 percent.

Lehigh County has the lowest unemployment rate within the MSA at 5.4 percent, dropping by seven-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report. There are 9,800 civilians of a 183,000 workforce in Lehigh County without jobs.

Carbon County has the highest unemployment rate in MSA at 6.2 percent, decreasing by nine-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report. The labor-force of Carbon County is 31,500 with 1,900 jobless.

Northampton County has a unemployment rate of 5.5 percent, dropping by seven-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report. Northampton County has a 153,800 civilian labor-force and 8,500 of them are unemployed.