County jobless rate up 0.3 percent
The July seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Indiana County increased 0.3 percent to 5.4 percent, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. Over the past year, the rate fell 1.8 percent.
The July seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Pennsylvania and the nation rose one-tenth to 5.7 and 6.2 percent, respectively.
Indiana County tied three other counties for the 23rd-lowest unemployment rate among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties in July.
Unemployment rates of adjacent counties were 6.1 percent in Jefferson, 6.7 percent in Clearfield, 6.5 percent in Cambria, 5.4 percent in Westmoreland and 6.6 percent in Armstrong.
Unemployment rates across Pennsylvania ranged from 4.1 percent in Centre County to 7.5 percent in Philadelphia County.
Total non-farm jobs in Indiana County decreased 700 in July to 34,400. Since July 2013, jobs were up 400 (1.2 percent), matching the statewide percentage job growth.
Over the month, minimal gains in mining, logging and construction were unable to offset the continued summer break-related declines in local government.
According to Labor and Industry analysts, Indiana County’s seasonally adjusted labor force dropped 200 in July to 47,100. The number of employed residents in the county fell 300 to 44,600, and the number of unemployed residents grew 100 to 2,500.