The seasonally adjusted unemployment rates in Franklin and Fulton counties both made improvements in October, with Fulton County experiencing a four-tenths of a percentage point drop, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
In Franklin County, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased two-tenths of a percentage point to 6.6 percent, labor department analysis stated.
In October, Pennsylvania’s rate was 8.1 percent, while the national rate was 7.9 percent.
Franklin County gained 300 non-agricultural jobs in October, bringing the overall number of positions to 58,300. That represents an increase of 1,000 jobs in a year.
Fulton County held steady at 5,000 non-farm jobs for the month, representing an increase of 200 positions over the year.
Among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, Franklin County had the eighth lowest rate in October. Fulton County ranked 46th.
“Unemployment rates across Pennsylvania ranged from 5.8 percent in Montour County to 11.3 percent in Pike County,” labor department analysis stated.
— Jennifer Fitch