County jobless rate drops during May
In May, Indiana County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 7.5 percent, down 0.4 percent over the month.
While May’s rate was unchanged from one year ago, the unemployment rate has decreased by 1.5 percent since it peaked in January at 9 percent.
Compared to the 67 counties in Pennsylvania, Indiana County ranked as the 31st lowest.
Rates in neighboring counties in May were 7.6 percent in Jefferson, 7 percent in Westmoreland, 8.4 percent in Clearfield, 8.9 percent in Cambria and 7.9 percent in Armstrong.
May rates for all Pennsylvania counties ranged from 5.6 percent in Montour County to 10.4 percent in Cameron County. Pennsylvania’s rate decreased 0.1 percent to 7.5 percent, while the U.S. rate rose 0.1 percent to 7.6 percent.
According to analysts with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Indiana County’s total non-farm jobs count fell to 36,000 in May, down 500 over the month. The seasonal decline in service-providing industries (down 800) was somewhat smaller than usual, while the gain in goods-producing jobs (up 300) was larger than typical.
State government accounted for the majority of the job decline in May, with totals falling by 800 to 3,300 jobs. In May, the number of employed Indiana County residents increased by 900 to 45,300 and the number of unemployed residents dropped 100 to 3,700.