9:23 PM EDT, October 1, 2012
Franklin County’s unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point in August, according to the latest data released by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
Franklin County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.8 percent, while neighboring Fulton County’s rate was 8.9 percent.
Franklin County lost 200 nonagricultural jobs between July and August, but its overall gain from a year ago was 900 jobs. The transportation, warehousing and utilities sector in the county returned to a record high set earlier in the year.
Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased two-tenths of a percentage point to 8.1 percent in August, tying the national average. The national rate decreased two-tenths of a point to 8.1 percent, according to labor department analysis.
Franklin County had the ninth-lowest unemployment rate among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties in August. Its neighbors to the east and north, Adams and Cumberland counties, ranked seventh and 10th, respectively.
Fulton County ranked 46th, labor department data shows.
— Jennifer Fitch
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