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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA’s unemployment rate decreases to 6.1 percent

10.11.15

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

MSA’s unemployment rate decreases to 6.1 percent

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, August 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 dropped by two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report to 6.1 percent. Twelve months ago the region’s unemployment rate was 7.0 percent. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Luzerne, Lackawanna and Wyoming Counties of Pennsylvania.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA has the third highest unemployment rate among the eight-teen in Pennsylvania.

The Johnstown MSA has the highest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 6.8 percent, decreasing by two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report and the East Stroudsburg MSA has the second highest rate at 6.5 percent. The Williamsport MSA has the fourth highest unemployment rate at 6.0 percent with the Philadelphia MSA and the Erie MSA tied with the fifth highest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania.

The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania is 5.4 percent, unchanged from the month before. Pennsylvania has a seasonally adjusted civilian labor force of 6,423,000 with 345,000 not working. Pennsylvania has 6,078,000 civilians with employment. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate decreased by three-tenths of a percentage point over the past twelve months.

Meanwhile, the nation’s unemployment rate was reported to be at 5.3 percent, dropping by two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report, which was released approximately four weeks before. The national unemployment rate decreased by eight-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months ago.

The State College MSA has the lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 3.8 percent, decreasing by three-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report. The Lancaster MSA and the Gettysburg MSA are tied for the second lowest unemployment rate at 4.2 percent, while Harrisburg/Carlisle MSA has the third lowest at 4.4 percent and the Lebanon MSA has the fourth lowest in Pennsylvania at 4.6 percent.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA has the fifth largest labor-force in Pennsylvania with 282,500 civilians, dropping by 500 from the month before and increasing by 3,400 during the past twelve months. There are 17,300 civilians without employment, dropping by 2,200 during the past twelve months.

The Philadelphia MSA has the largest labor-force in Pennsylvania at 3,038,600 with 165,700 not working; the Pittsburgh MSA has the second largest labor-force at 1,222,400 with 62,300 without jobs; and the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the third largest labor-force at 426,100 with 23,000 not
working.

Lackawanna County has the lowest unemployment rate within the MSA at 5.5 percent, decreasing by five-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report and dropping by eight-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months before. Lackawanna County has a labor force of 107,700 with 6,000 without employment, dropping by 700 from twelve months before.

Luzerne County has the highest unemployment rate within the MSA at 6.2 percent, dropping by five-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report and decreasing by eight-tenths of a percentage point from one year before. Luzerne County has the largest labor force within the MSA at 160,000 and 9,900 of them have no jobs, decreasing by 1,100 during the past twelve months.

Wyoming County’s unemployment rate is 6.0 percent, dropping by five-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report and dropping by six-tenths of a percentage point from one year before.

Wyoming County has a labor force of 14,300 with 900 unemployed, unchanged from the month before and also unchanged from twelve months before.