County jobless rates rise in May
Indiana County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in May rose 0.3 percent to 5.6 percent. Over the year, the rate fell 1.7 percent.
The May seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Pennsylvania decreased 0.1 percent to 5.6 percent, while the national rate was unchanged at 6.3 percent. May was the 15th consecutive month that Indiana County’s unemployment rate matched or was below the state rate.
Indiana County tied with three other counties for the 23rd-lowest unemployment rate among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties in May. Unemployment rates of adjacent counties were 6.2 percent in Jefferson, 6.7 percent in Clearfield, 6.8 percent in Cambria, 5.6 percent in Westmoreland and 6.7 percent in Armstrong.
Unemployment rates across Pennsylvania ranged from 4.1 percent in Centre County to 8.5 percent in Cameron County.
According to analysts with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, total non-farm jobs in the county in May dropped 200 to 35,900.
Since May 2013, jobs were down 400 (1.1 percent), while statewide jobs were up 0.9 percent.
Manufacturing jobs in the county remained at a record low of 2,000 for the fifth consecutive month.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania began to release staff as the spring semester ended in May, resulting in a decline of 300 in state government.