County jobless rate dipped in March
May 02, 2013 10:59 AM

Indiana County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in March fell 0.3 percent to 7.7 percent. That was the lowest the rate has been for the area since May 2012.

Indiana County ranked 32nd among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, tied with Clarion, Erie, Jefferson and McKean counties.

Of the immediate surrounding counties, Cambria, at 9.2 percent, had the smallest March decline, decreasing 0.2 percent, while Jefferson County, at 7.7 percent, had the largest drop, falling 0.7 percent over the month.

Clearfield County, at 8.4 percent, declined 0.5 percent in March with Westmoreland, at 7.2 percent, and Armstrong, at 8.1 percent, were both down 0.3 percent.

March unemployment rates for all Pennsylvania counties ranged from 5.5 percent in Montour County to 11 percent in Cameron County. Pennsylvania’s rate declined 0.2 percent to 7.9 percent, while the U.S. rate fell 0.1 percent to 7.6 percent.

Indiana County’s total non-farm jobs count increased to 36,000 jobs in March, up 200 over the month. Nominal gains in mining, logging and construction jobs and leisure and hospitality were in line with typical trends.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, the county’s seasonally adjusted labor force in March fell 300 to 47,900. The number of employed residents in the county fell 200 to 44,200 and the number of unemployed residents declined 200 to 3,700.

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