Posted On On: September 1, 2015 Categories Filed Under: Chamber News, Member News

HARRISBURG (SEPTEMBER 1) – The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the Harrisburg-Carlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) increased one-tenth of a percentage point in July to 4.5 percent. The rate was down four-tenths of a percentage point since last July. The Harrisburg-Carlisle MSA had the fourth lowest unemployment rate among Pennsylvania’s 18 MSAs. The State College MSA had the lowest rate at 3.8 percent, while the Johnstown MSA had the highest at 6.9 percent. The July seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for both Pennsylvania and the nation were unchanged at 5.4 and 5.3 percent, respectively.

Of the 67 counties in the state, Cumberland County was tied with Montour County for the third lowest unemployment rate at 4.0 percent, Perry County tied with Union for the eighth lowest rate at 4.5 percent, and Dauphin County tied with Snyder for the 10th lowest rate at 4.6 percent. Unemployment rates across Pennsylvania ranged from 3.8 percent in Chester and Center counties to 7.6 percent in Forest County.

The Harrisburg-Carlisle MSA’s seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs were up 1,200 in July to 337,600. July marked the sixth gain this year. Over the year, jobs were up 2.9 percent (9,600) in the MSA, while statewide jobs grew 1.1 percent. Detailed industry data is not seasonally adjusted.

Local government educational services had a loss of 1,600 jobs due to public schools ending their academic years. The private service-providing sector added 1,100 jobs in July, led by education & health services (+900), and professional & business services(+600).

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