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Regional unemployment under 6 percent in February

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Central Pennsylvania's nonfarm jobs grew by 2,400 in February compared with January and 8,100 for the year, according to the latest jobs figures from the state Department of Labor and Industry.

Harrisburg-Carlisle saw the biggest monthly jump with 1,200 additional nonfarm jobs in February. The three-county metropolitan area had 331,400 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in February — 4,900 more than a year ago.

All four metro areas in the Business Journal's primary coverage area reported 0.3 percent decreases in the unemployment rate. Lebanon County was the lowest in the region and state at 4.7 percent, according to the department.

Lancaster County's unemployment rate was 4.9 percent. Harrisburg-Carlisle was next at 5.4 percent, followed by York-Hanover at 5.9 percent.

The latter was the only one of the four to see nonfarm jobs drop from February 2013. It lost 700 jobs over the year, according to the department.

The highest unemployment rate in February belonged to Scranton-Wilkes-Barre at 7.7 percent.

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