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Lehigh Valley (PA) MSA unemployment rate remains at 5.2 percent

04.27.08

May 2008, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Lehigh Valley MSA unemployment rate remains at 5.2 percent

By PAUL TUCKER
theunionnewsabe@aol.com

REGION, April 13th- According to labor data provided by the Department of Labor and Industry, the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged from the previous month at 5.2 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 4.8 percent.

Of the fourteen MSA’s in the state, the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton Metropolitan Statistical Area has the fifth highest unemployment rate.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Pennsylvania is 4.9 percent, increasing by one-tenth of a percentage point from the month before. There are 313,000 Pennsylvania residents without jobs. Pennsylvania has a seasonally adjusted workforce of 6,345,000 with 6,032,000 employed. The national seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 4.8 percent, decreasing by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month. There are 7,381,000 residents nationally unemployed.

The Johnstown MSA has the highest unemployment rate in the state at 5.9 percent with the Williamsport MSA the second highest jobless rate at 5.8 percent. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA has the third highest unemployment rate in the state at 5.7 percent.

The Lancaster MSA has the lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 3.7 percent. The Lebanon MSA has the second lowest unemployment rate in the state at 3.8 percent with the State College MSA the third lowest at 3.9 percent.

The Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the third largest civilian labor force, workers between eighteen and sixty-five years old, in Pennsylvania at 416,800. The Philadelphia MSA has the largest civilian labor force in Pennsylvania at 2,958,500 with 140,900 residents not working. The Pittsburgh MSA has the second largest civilian labor force in the state at 1,199,100, with 58,400 residents unemployed.

Within the MSA, Carbon County has the highest unemployment rate at 6.5 percent, increasing by five-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month and increasing by one and two-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months before. Carbon County has 2,000 civilians not working within a labor force of 30,900, the smallest civilian labor force in the MSA.

Northampton County has the lowest unemployment rate in the MSA at 5.0 percent, decreasing by three-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month and increasing by eight-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months ago. Northampton County has 7,600 civilians without jobs, and a labor force of 150,500.

Lehigh County has a unemployment rate of 5.5 percent, increasing by two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month and increasing by one and four-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months ago. Lehigh County has 9,600 civilians not working, the most in the MSA, and a labor force of 175,500, the largest in the MSA.

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