The regional unemployment rate ticked up in July as the number of people in the labor force flattened out and certain sectors, including educational, shed jobs at the end of the last school year.
Lancaster County had the lowest unemployment rate at 4.5 percent, while Harrisburg-Carlisle, Lebanon and York-Hanover each finished the month at 4.7 percent, according to the state Department of Labor and Industry.
All four metropolitan areas posted increases from June. Still, the local areas have some of the lowest unemployment rates in the commonwealth.
The Gettysburg area was the lowest at 4.1 percent, followed by the State College area at 4.2 percent.
By comparison, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was 5.6 percent in July, while the U.S. rate was 4.9 percent.