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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA’s unemployment rate unchanged at 6.2 percent

05.25.15

MAY 2015, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

MSA’s unemployment rate unchanged at 6.2 percent

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, May 3rd- According to data provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, (DOL) Center of Workforce Information and Analysis in Harrisburg, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) unemployment rate was unchanged from the previous report at 6.2 percent. Twelve months ago the region’s unemployment rate was 7.8 percent.

The MSA has the second highest unemployment rate among the eightteen in Pennsylvania. The newspaper previously reported the DOL added four more MSA’s in January. Now included within the DOL’s data of MSA’s are: Chamberburg/Waynesboro; Bloomsburg/Berwick; East Stroudsburg; and Gettysburg.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Luzerne, Lackawanna and Wyoming Counties of Pennsylvania.

The Johnstown MSA and the East Stroudsburg MSA are tied for the highest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 6.6 percent.

The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania is 5.3 percent, increasing by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month. Pennsylvania has a seasonally adjusted civilian labor force of 6,375,000 with 336,000 not working. Pennsylvania has 6,039,000 civilians with employment. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate decreased by eight-tenths of a percentage point over the past twelve months. Meanwhile, the nation’s unemployment rate was reported to be at 5.5 percent, unchanged from the previous report, which was released approxiamtely four weeks before. The national unemployment rate decreased by one and one-tenth of a percentage point from twelve months ago.

The Williamsport MSA has the third highest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 5.8 percent, the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the fourth highest unemployment rate at 5.7 percent while the Philadelphia MSA has the fifth highest unemployment rate in the state at 5.6 percent.

The State College MSA has the lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 3.7 percent. The Lancaster MSA has the second lowest unemployment rate at 4.2 percent, the Gettysburg MSA has the third lowest and the Harrisburg/Carlisle MSA has the fourth lowest in Pennsylvania at 4.5 percent.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA has the fifth largest labor-force in Pennsylvania with 283,100 civilians, increasing by 1,500 during the past twelve months. There are 17,600 civilians without employment, dropping by 4,400 from one year ago.

The Philadelphia MSA has the largest labor-force in Pennsylvania at 3,033,900 with 171,300 not working; the Pittsburgh MSA has the second largest labor-force at 1,205,600 with 64,100 without jobs; and the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the third largest labor-force at 425,700 with 24,200 not working.

The Bloomsburg/Berwick MSA has the smallest labor-force in Pennsylvania with 43,400 civilians and 2,200 of them have no jobs. The Gettysburg MSA has the second smallest civilian labor-force at 55,500 and 2,400 of them are jobless. The Williamsport MSA has the third smallest labor-force with 61,100 civilians with 3,600 without employment and the Johnstown MSA is fourth with a labor-force of 62,900 and 4,200 of them are not working.

Wyoming County and Lackawanna County are tied for the lowest unemployment rate within the MSA at 5.8 percent. Wyoming County’s unemployment rate rose by six-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report. Wyoming County has 800 civilians of their work-force without jobs.

Lackawanna County’s unemployment rate decreased by two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report. There are 6,300 Lackawanna County residents unemployed. Luzerne County has the highest unemployment rate within the MSA at 6.5 percent, rising by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous report.