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Report: Central Pa. added 8,000 nonfarm jobs since June 2013

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Nonfarm employment grew by 8,000 seasonally adjusted jobs in the midstate over the last year, according to the latest jobs data from the state Department of Labor and Industry.

In June, three of the four metropolitan areas covered by the Business Journal added nonfarm jobs from May, and all were up from June 2013.

The Harrisburg-Carlisle area led the way with 1,500 more jobs in June compared to May and 4,700 more for the year, according to the labor department. The metro area, which covers Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties, had 331,200 nonfarm jobs in June.

The gains were largely in the service sector, with educational and health services carrying the load. 

The pattern was similar in Lancaster County. The county added 700 in June to push its total to 233,400 nonfarm jobs. That was 2,100 more than last year.

The York-Hanover metro area added 1,000 jobs in June compared to May. But its 178,500 nonfarm jobs are just 800 more than May 2013, according to the jobs report.

The area relied on growth in professional and business services and trade, transportation and utilities.

Lebanon County was flat in June with 51,200 nonfarm jobs, but that was up 400 over the year.

Lancaster County was the leader for lowest unemployment rate in June at 4.5 percent, according to the report. The last time the jobless rate was under that figure was August 2008 when it was 4.4 percent.

Lebanon County was No. 2 at 4.6 percent unemployment in June, while Harrisburg-Carlisle finished the month at 4.9 percent and York-Hanover was at 5.2 percent. 

Harrisburg-Carlisle last cracked 5 percent in September 2008 (4.9 percent), while York-Hanover was last at 5.1 percent in the same month and year.

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