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Unemployment falling in Central Pennsylvania

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Unemployment rates across Central Pennsylvania fell in May, both from the previous month and compared with rates from a year ago, according to the latest figures released today by the state Department of Labor and Industry.

In most metro areas around the region, the unemployment rate fell by just a tenth of a percentage point from April to May, but the drop was 0.4 percentage points over the year in most cases, according to L&I. Employment numbers are slowly improving as well.

In the Harrisburg-Carlisle metro area, which includes Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties, unemployment was 6.8 percent in May, down 0.4 percentage points from a year ago. Total seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs increased 2,900 or just shy of 1 percent from last year.

Lancaster’s unemployment rate was 6.2 percent, down 0.4 percentage points from last year. Jobs increased by 2,800 or about 1.2 percent from a year ago.

In Lebanon, the May unemployment rate was 6.2 percent, down 0.2 percentage points from a year ago. However, seasonally adjusted jobs remained steady at 70,100.

In the York-Hanover metro area, unemployment was 7.3 percent, again a drop of 0.4 percentage points over the past year. Jobs increased by 1,600, or about 1 percent in that time.

In each area, professional and business services, health care and social assistance, and leisure and hospitality are the primary drivers of the jobs growth in May, while goods-producing industries such as construction and manufacturing have had slower growth.

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