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Lehigh Valley MSA unemployment rate unchanged from month before

05.23.08

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

Lehigh Valley MSA unemployment rate unchanged from month before

By PAUL TUCKER
theunionnewsabe@aol.com

REGION, May 1st- 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 5.3 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 4.2 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, unchanged from the month before. There are 308,000 Pennsylvania residents without jobs. Pennsylvania has a seasonally adjusted workforce of 6,324,000 with 6,016,000 employed. The national seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 5.1 percent, increasing by two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month. There are 7,815,000 residents nationally unemployed.

The Johnstown MSA has the highest unemployment rate in the state at 5.9 percent with the Williamsport MSA and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA tied for the second highest jobless rate at 5.8 percent. The Erie MSA has the third 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 in the state at 3.8 percent with the State College MSA the third lowest at 4.0 percent.

The Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the third largest civilian labor force, workers between eighteen and sixty-five years old, in Pennsylvania at 415,700. The Philadelphia MSA has the largest civilian labor force in Pennsylvania at 2,959,700 with 144,100 residents not working. The Pittsburgh MSA has the second largest civilian labor force in the state at 1,201,100, with 58,800 residents unemployed.

Within the MSA, Carbon County has the highest unemployment rate at 6.6 percent, increasing by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month and increasing by one and five-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months before. Carbon County has 2,000 civilians not working within a labor force of 30,800, the smallest civilian labor force in the MSA.

Northampton County has the lowest unemployment rate in the MSA at 5.2 percent, unchanged from the previous month and increasing by one full percentage point from twelve months ago. Northampton County has 7,700 civilians without jobs, and a labor force of 150,100.

Lehigh County has a unemployment rate of 5.5 percent, decreasing by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month and increasing by one and three-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months ago. Lehigh County has 9,700 civilians not working, the most in the MSA, and a labor force of 174,900, the largest in the MSA.

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