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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA unemployment rate second highest in Pennsylvania

05.11.08

May 2008 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA unemployment rate second highest in Pennsylvania

By PAUL TUCKER
theunionnewsswb@aol.com

REGION, April 29th- According to labor data provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Labor and Industry, the region’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 5.8 percent, decreasing by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), includes Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wyoming Counties. Twelve months ago the unemployment rate for the region was 4.7 percent.

The MSA’s unemployment rate continues to remain higher than Pennsylvania and the nation. The unemployment rate in the state is 4.9 percent, unchanged from the month before. Pennsylvania has a seasonally adjusted civilian labor force of 6,324,000 with 308,000 not working and 6,016,000 with employment. The national unemployment rate is 5.1 percent, increasing by three-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month. There are 7,815,000 civilians in the nation without employment.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA civilian labor force, workers between eighteen and sixty-five years old, decreased by 1,800 from the previous month to 278,700. There are 16,100 civilians not working, decreasing by 300 from the month before.

The MSA has the fifth largest labor force in Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia MSA has the largest labor force at 2,959,700 with 144,100 not working; the Pittsburgh MSA is second at 1,201,100 with 58,800 without jobs; the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the third largest labor force at 415,700 with 21,900 not working; and the Harrisburg/Carlisle MSA has the fourth largest civilian labor force at 283,200 with 11,600 without employment.

Of the 14 MSA’s within Pennsylvania, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA is tied with the Williamsport MSA for the second highest unemployment rate. The Johnstown MSA has the highest unemployment rate in the state at 5.9 percent. The Erie MSA has the fourth highest unemployment rate in the state at 5.5 percent.

The Lebanon MSA has the lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 3.6 percent. The Lancaster MSA has the second lowest unemployment rate at 3.8 percent, with the State College MSA third at 4.0 percent.

Within the MSA, Lackawanna County has the lowest unemployment rate at 5.4 percent, decreasing by two-tenths of a percentage point from the month before. Lackawanna County has a labor force of 105,900. There are 5,700 residents in Lackawanna County without employment.

Luzerne County has the highest unemployment rate in the MSA at 6.0 percent, unchanged from the previous month. Luzerne County has a labor force of 158,300, the largest in the MSA. There are 9,400 Luzerne County residents not working.

The unemployment rate in Wyoming County is 5.8 percent with a labor force of 14,400, There are 800 residents in Wyoming County without jobs.

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