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Delayed report: Midstate metro jobless rates stayed steady or rose from July to August

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Midstate metropolitan area unemployment rates either went up or stayed the same in August compared with July but went down compared with August 2012, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

Across the country, unemployment rates were lower in August compared with the year before in 311 of 372 metropolitan areas, the bureau said, and on the not seasonally adjusted basis the national unemployment rate fell from 8.2 percent to 7.3 percent, according to the report.

The Lebanon and York-Hanover areas stayed the same from July to August this year at 6.3 percent and 7.5 percent, respectively, according to the bureau’s numbers.

The Lancaster area’s rate went up a tenth of a point to 6.6 percent, and the Harrisburg-Carlisle area’s rate went up two-tenths of a point to 7.1 percent, the bureau said.

Compared with August 2012, the York-Hanover and Lebanon areas’ rates in August fell 0.6 percent, the Harrisburg-Carlisle area’s rate went down half a percentage point and the Lancaster area’s decreased 0.4 percent, according to the bureau.

The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment release had been scheduled for Oct. 2, just after the recently ended partial federal government shutdown began, according to the bureau’s website.

In addition, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry said its analysis of the commonwealth’s September employment situation has been postponed because of the shutdown.

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