County unemployment rate falls
The March seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Indiana County fell two-tenths of a percent to 5.8 percent, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
Since March of 2013 the jobless rate for the county has dropped 1.8 percent.
The March seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Pennsylvania decreased two-tenths to 6.0 percent, while the national rate was unchanged at 6.7 percent.
Indiana County tied with five counties for the 17th-lowest unemployment rate among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties in March. Unemployment rates for adjacent counties were 6.7 percent in Jefferson; 7.1 percent in Clearfield; 7.2 percent in Cambria; 6.0 percent in Westmoreland; and 6.9 percent in Armstrong.
Unemployment rates across Pennsylvania ranged from 4.6 percent in Centre and Montour counties to 8.4 percent in Huntingdon and Philadelphia counties.
According to L&I analysts, mining, logging and construction in Indiana County had the only over-the-month change (up 100) as businesses began hiring for the spring and summer months.
Indiana County’s seasonally adjusted labor force grew 100 in March to 47,000. The number of employed county residents increased 100 to 44,200, and the number of unemployed residents dropped 100 to 2,700.