Unemployment rate up in April
Indiana County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in April rose 0.3 percent to 7.9 percent, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. The local jobless rate has increased in six of the past 12 months and was up 0.4 percent over the year.
Indiana County’s rate of 7.9 percent ranked 34th among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, tied with Delaware, Jefferson and Snyder counties. Of the immediate surrounding counties, Cambria, at 9.1 percent, was the only one to show a decline in April, dropping 0.1 percent.
Jobless rates for April in the other neighboring counties were 8 percent in Armstrong County, 8.6 percent in Clearfield County and 7.3 percent in Westmoreland County.
April unemployment rates for all Pennsylvania counties ranged from 5.8 percent in Center and Montour counties to 10.9 percent in Cameron County. Pennsylvania’s rate fell 0.3 to 7.6 percent while the U.S. rate dropped 0.1 to 7.5 percent.
Indiana County’s total non-farm jobs count expanded by 500 in April to reach 36,500 jobs. Service-providing industries accounted for the majority of the gain, adding 400 jobs with the largest increase (200) seen in trade, transportation and utilities. Mining, logging and construction, and leisure and hospitality had small seasonal movements, with each adding 100 jobs over the month.
Indiana County’s seasonally adjusted labor force in April grew by 300 to 48,200. The number of employed county residents increased 200 to 44,400, and the number of unemployed residents also increased by 200 to 3,800.