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Central Pa. unemployment rates falling from last year

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July unemployment rates in Central Pennsylvania's metropolitan statistical areas have fallen since last year as some industries added jobs in the midstate, according to the latest employment numbers from the state today.

The Harrisburg-Carlisle metro area had an unemployment rate that remained unchanged from June at 6.7 percent, but that’s down 0.6 percentage points from July 2012, according to the Department of Labor and Industry. The rate is the fourth-lowest unemployment number in the state.

The region — including Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties — added 600 total seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs since last year, according to L&I.

The Lancaster metro area had an unemployment rate that increased 0.1 percentage points from June, but the 6.3 percent is 0.4 percentage points lower than last year. The Lancaster area had the third-lowest unemployment rate in the state.

Lancaster added 3,300 jobs in the past year, a 1.4 percent increase.

The Lebanon area had an unemployment rate of 6.2 percent, unchanged from June but 0.3 percentage points lower than a year ago, according to L&I. That gives Lebanon the second-lowest unemployment rate in the commonwealth. The State College area has the lowest unemployment rate at 5.9 percent. Nonfarm jobs increased by 200 since last year.

The York-Hanover metro area had a July unemployment rate of 7.1 percent, down 0.1 percentage point from June and down 0.7 points from a year ago. The metro area is ranked seventh in the state’s 14 metro statistical areas.

York-Hanover added 1,200 jobs, an increase of 0.7 percent from last year.

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