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Jobless rate up slightly in Aug.

September 29, 2010
The county’s unemployment fluctuated slightly with a fraction of a increase in August. Warren County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased from 8.1 in July to 8.2 in August, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s Center for Workforce Information and Analysis. The number of people in the labor force and the number of employed both decreased by 100. The number of unemployed remained static at 1,800. According to the center, the non-seasonally adjusted rate reflected a decline with increases in the labor force and the number of unemployed. With those increases, job gains were reported in the following sectors: total non-farm, private business, service providers, government, local government and trade, transportation and utilities trade. Compared to the statistics of a year ago, the county unemployment rate is up from the 7.9 percent reported in August 2009. Warren County’s rate of 8.2 percent still remains the lowest in the region when compared to 10.0 percent in McKean County, 9.5 percent in Erie County, 9.2 percent in Forest County, 9.8 percent in Crawford County and 9.0 percent in Venango County. The unemployment rate across the state is 9.2 percent, and the national percentage is 9.6 percent.


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