County jobless rate drops to 5.1 percent
The June seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Indiana County fell one-half percent to 5.1 percent, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
Over the year, Indiana County’s rate fell 2.3 percent.
The June seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Pennsylvania was unchanged at 5.6 percent, while the national rate fell two-tenths to 6.1 percent.
Indiana County tied with Perry County for the 19th lowest unemployment rate among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties in June. Unemployment rates of adjacent counties were 5.6 percent in Jefferson; 6.3 percent in Clearfield; 6.6 percent in Cambria; 5.2 percent in Westmoreland; and 6.2 percent in Armstrong.
Unemployment rates across Pennsylvania ranged from 3.9 percent in Chester and Montour counties to 7.6 percent in Philadelphia County.
In June, Indiana County’s civilian labor force dropped 200 to 47,300. The number of employed residents increased 100 to 44,900, and the number of unemployed residents fell 300 to 2,400.
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