Unemployment steady in June across Central Pennsylvania
Unemployment rates in Central Pennsylvania were largely unchanged in June compared with May, but there was noticeable movement over June 2012, according to the state Department of Labor and Industry.
The biggest changes over the year were in the Harrisburg-Carlisle and York-Hanover metropolitan areas. Both saw improvements of six-tenths of a percentage point compared with June 2012. For Harrisburg-Carlisle, that meant dropping to 6.7 percent from 7.3 percent; 7.2 percent from 7.8 percent in York-Hanover.
Harrisburg-Carlisle’s jobless rate was unchanged from May, according to L&I. Total nonfarm jobs rose 2,100 in June. Over the year, jobs were up 4,700, or 1.4 percent, more than twice the statewide gain of 0.6 percent. Leisure and hospitality jobs grew by 1,800 to a record high of 35,700.
In York-Hanover, nonfarm jobs decreased by 200 in June, while increasing 2,100 over the year. Professional and business services were up 300 in June, which pushed the area to a record high of 20,100, according to L&I.
Lebanon County’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.2 percent, but better than 6.5 percent in June 2012. Total nonfarm jobs were down 1,700 from May and 600 for the year.
In Lancaster County, the rate fell to 6.3 percent from 6.4 percent in May. The county had a jobless rate of 6.7 percent last June, according to L&I. Nonfarm jobs fell 1,400 in June, but were up 1,900 compared with June 2012. Leisure and hospitality was up 1,300, reaching a record high of 24,500.