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Local jobless rate drops just a hair

September 1, 2010
The county’s unemployment rate dropped a fraction of a percentage in July for the second month in a row. Warren County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 8.2 in June to 8.1 in July, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s Center for Workforce Information and Analysis. “Warren was one of only 14 counties in the entire state to see a decline out of the 67 counties,” said Lauren Nimal, industry and business analyst for the center. The number of people in the labor force and the number of employed both decreased by 200. The number of unemployed remained the same at 1,800. With decreases in the labor force and employment, the center reported increases in following job sectors: total nonfarm, private business, service providers, government, local government and trade, transportation and utilities trade. Nimal said some of the job losses were due to people with school-related jobs being off for the summer. “The trade, transportation and utilities, that’s where your bus driver’s would be counted,” she said. Compared to the statistics of a year ago, the county unemployment rate is down from the 8.3 percent reported in July 2009. “It was the first time we saw an over-the-year gain (in Warren County) since November 2007. So, that’s right before the recession hit,” she said. Warren County’s rate of 8.1 percent still remains the lowest in the region with three surrounding areas posting an unemployment rate in double digits. The regional unemployment rates are 10.0 percent in McKean County, 9.8 percent in Erie County, 10.6 percent in Forest County, 10.3 percent in Crawford County and 9.3 percent in Venango County. The unemployment rate across the state is 9.3 percent, and the national percentage is 9.5 percent.


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