County jobless figure improves in July
Indiana County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in July dropped three-tenths of a percent to 7.4 percent, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. This was the fifth decrease in the rate in the past 12 months and the lowest rate for the county since 7.3 percent in February 2012.
Compared to the 67 counties in Pennsylvania, Indiana County’s rate of 7.4 percent tied five other counties as the 30th lowest. Of the immediate surrounding counties, Jefferson had the largest decrease in July, dropping four-tenths of a percent to 7.5 percent. Westmoreland County fell three-tenths to reach 6.9 percent, while Armstrong and Cambria counties each lost one-tenth.
Armstrong’s rate in July was 8.3 percent and Cambria stood at 8.7 percent.
Clearfield County held steady at 8.4 percent.
July unemployment rates for all Pennsylvania counties ranged from 5.7 percent in Chester County to 10.3 percent in Philadelphia County. Pennsylvania’s rate was unchanged at 7.5 percent while the national rate fell two-tenths to 7.4 percent.
According to the labor and industry analysts, Indiana County’s nonfarm jobs total fell by 700 in July to 34,400 jobs, in line with the average seasonal movement. Local government jobs dropped by 400 to 2,300 jobs as schools continued to release employees for the summer break.
The county’s seasonally adjusted labor force in July grew by 200 to 48,700. The number of employed county residents increased by 400 to 45,200, and the number of unemployed residents fell by 100 to 3,600.