County jobless rate dips to 5.3 percent
Indiana County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April fell one-half percent to 5.3 percent.
Over the year, the rate fell 2.3 percent.
The April seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Pennsylvania decreased three-tenths to 5.7 percent, while the national rate fell four-tenths to 6.3 percent.
Indiana County tied with four counties for the 20th lowest unemployment rate among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties in April. Unemployment rates for adjacent counties were 6.1 percent for Jefferson; 6.5 percent for Clearfield; 6.9 percent for Cambria; 5.3 percent for Westmoreland; and 6.4 percent for Armstrong.
Unemployment rates across Pennsylvania ranged from 4.2 percent in Centre and Chester counties to 7.9 percent in Cameron County.
According to the state Department of Labor and Industry, total non-farm jobs in Indiana County increased 500 in April to 36,100. Mining, logging, and construction jobs continued to increase as businesses hired more workers for seasonal projects. The majority of the growth in April was spread across service providers, with the most notable movements occurring in retail trade and leisure and hospitality as local businesses hired for the spring season.
During April, Indiana County’s seasonally adjusted labor force fell 100 to 46,800; the number of employed residents grew 100 to 44,300; and the number of unemployed residents dropped 200 to 2,500.