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Midstate unemployment grows amid mixed jobs results

By , - Last modified: March 19, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Unemployment rates crept up in Central Pennsylvania even as some areas in the region added jobs in January compared to last year, according to statistics released today from the state.

The Harrisburg-Carlisle metro area, which includes Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties, had an unemployment rate of 7.4 percent, up 0.4 percentage points from a year ago, according to the state Department of Labor and Industry.

Total seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in the metro area were 320,600, an increase of 1.3 percent from a year ago. Most of the jobs were added in business and professional services, health care and education, and leisure and hospitality.

Lancaster metro area added about 2,000 jobs during the past year, or an increase of 0.9 percent, for a total of 230,400 jobs. Lancaster’s unemployment rate was 6.9 percent, up about three-tenths of a percentage point from a year ago. Trade and transportation services, business and professional services, and health and education all added jobs.

Lebanon’s nonfarm employment was 51,300, just 200 jobs more than a year ago, while its unemployment edged up three-tenths of a percentage point to 6.9 percent. The area added jobs in education, health and government.

The York-Hanover metro area had employment of 178,800, or about 1,300 more jobs and a 0.7 percent increase from a year ago. Unemployment was also up three-tenths of a point to 7.9 percent. Trade, transportation and utilities, professional and business services, education, health and government all added jobs.

In each of the metro areas, goods-producing industries such as logging, construction and manufacturing were either flat or lost jobs, according to the state. In many cases, month-to-month job counts declined in the midstate due to weather in some industries, such as constuction, or seasonal employment such as in the retail sectors.


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