SEPTEMBER 2015, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News
MSA’s unemployment rate increases to 6.3 percent
BY PAUL LEESON
REGION, September 4th- 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 rose by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous report to 6.3 percent. Twelve months ago the region’s unemployment rate was 6.9 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 continues to have the highest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 6.9 percent, increasing by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous report and the East Stroudsburg MSA has the second highest rate at 6.7 percent. The Johnstown MSA surpassed the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA for the highest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania around six months ago. The Scranton/Wilkes-barre/Hazleton MSA had the highest unemployment rate within Pennsylvania for more than five years before being surpassed by the Johnstown MSA.
The Williamsport MSA has the fourth highest unemployment rate at 6.2 percent while the Philadelphia MSA has the fifth highest at 5.6 percent followed by the Erie MSA at 5.5 percent.
The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania is 5.4 percent, unchanged from the previous three months. Pennsylvania has a seasonally adjusted civilian labor force of 6,426,000 with 349,000 not working. Pennsylvania has 6,077,000 civilians with employment. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate decreased by one-tenth of a percentage point over the past twelve months.
Meanwhile, the nation’s unemployment rate was reported to be at 5.3 percent, also unchanged from the previous report, which was released approximately four weeks before. The national unemployment rate decreased by nine-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months ago.
The State College MSA has the lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 3.8 percent, the same as the month before. The Gettysburg MSA has the second lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 4.2 percent while the Lancaster MSA has the third lowest. The Harrisburg/Carlisle MSA has the fourth lowest rate at 4.5 percent followed by the Lebanon MSA for the fifth lowest at 4.9 percent.
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA has the fifth largest labor-force in Pennsylvania with 284,800 civilians, rising by 2,000 from the month before and increasing by 6,300 during the past twelve months. There are 18,100 civilians without employment, decreasing by 1,200 during the past twelve months.
The Philadelphia MSA has the largest labor-force in Pennsylvania at 3,040,400 with 169,300 not working; the Pittsburgh MSA has the second largest labor-force at 1,225,500 with 64,100 without jobs; and the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the third largest labor-force at 427,500 with 23,800 not
Lackawanna County has the lowest unemployment rate within the MSA at 5.9 percent, increasing by four-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report but dropping by seven-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months before. Lackawanna County has a labor force of 109,000 with 6,400 without employment.
Luzerne County has the highest unemployment rate within the MSA at 6.4 percent, rising by two-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 161,900 and 10,400 of them have no jobs.
Wyoming County’s unemployment rate is 6.0 percent, dropping by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous report and dropping by eight-tenths of a percentage point from one year before. Wyoming County has a labor force of 14,500 with 900 unemployed.