Unemployment rate rises
Indiana County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in August rose 0.3 percent to 7.6 percent.
Despite the gain, the unemployment rate for the county was down half a percent from August 2012.
Indiana County’s rate of 7.6 percent tied three other counties as the 32nd lowest among the 67 in Pennsylvania.
Of the immediate surrounding counties, Armstrong County had the largest increase in August, up 0.4 percent to 8.6 percent. Clearfield County rose 0.3 percent to 8.7 percent; Jefferson County gained 0.1 percent and climbed to 7.6 percent; and Cambria and Westmoreland counties both held steady at 8.7 percent and 6.9 percent, respectively.
August jobless rates for all Pennsylvania counties ranged from 5.8 percent in Montour County to 11.3 percent in Cameron County.
Pennsylvania’s rate in August increased by 0.2 percent to 7.7 percent while the national rate dropped 0.1 percent to 7.3 percent.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Indiana County’s civilian labor force in August fell 100 to 48,600; the number of employed residents dropped 300 to 44,900; and the number of unemployed residents increased by 100 to 3,700.