Posted On On: February 2, 2016 Categories Filed Under: Chamber News, Member News

HARRISBURG (FEBRUARY 2) – The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the Harrisburg-Carlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) decreased three-tenths of a percentage point in December to 3.6 percent. The rate was down seven-tenths of a percentage point since last December. The Harrisburg-Carlisle MSA was tied with the Lancaster and the State College MSAs for the second-lowest unemployment rate among Pennsylvania’s 18 MSAs. The Gettysburg MSA had the lowest rate at 3.5 percent, while the Johnstown MSA had the highest at 5.8 percent. The December seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Pennsylvania dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.8 percent, while the national rate was unchanged at 5.0.

Of the 67 counties in the state, Cumberland County had the 2nd lowest unemployment rate at 3.4 percent, Perry County had the 7th lowest rate at 3.7 percent, and Dauphin County tied for the 10th lowest rate at 3.9 percent. Unemployment rates across Pennsylvania ranged from 3.3 percent in Chester County to 6.7 percent in Cameron County.

The Harrisburg-Carlisle MSA’s seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs rose 1,200 to 339,900 in December, which was a new record high for the MSA. Over the year, jobs were up 2.9 percent (+9,700) in the MSA, while statewide jobs grew 0.7 percent.

Looking at industry detail (not seasonally adjusted), retail trade was up 1,000 in December due to holiday shopping. Transportation, warehousing, and utilities added 700 jobs this month and 1,900 over the year, reaching a new high at 25,900. Trade, transportation, & utilities, professional & business services, education & health services, and leisure & hospitality all had over-the-year gains greater than 2,000.

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