County's jobless rate drops to 7.2 percent
The November seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Indiana County fell 0.1 percent to 7.2 percent. Over the year, the rate fell 0.9 percent.
The November seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Pennsylvania decreased 0.2 percent to 7.3 percent, while the national rate decreased 0.3 percent to 7 percent.
According to analysts with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, the retail trade in Indiana County gained 100 jobs in November as local retailers hired workers for the holiday shopping months. The only decrease was in leisure and hospitality, which went down 100 jobs due to outdoor summer recreational businesses releasing their staff for the season.
Indiana County tied with Jefferson and Wayne counties for the 28th-lowest unemployment rate among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties in November. Unemployment rates for adjacent counties were 7.7 percent for Armstrong; 8.5 percent for both Clearfield and Cambria; 7.2 percent for Jefferson; and 6.7 percent for Westmoreland.
Unemployment rates across Pennsylvania ranged from 5.7 percent in Montour County to 10.9 percent in Cameron County.
Indiana County’s seasonally adjusted labor force grew by 300 in November to 48,500. The number of employed county residents increased 300 to 45,000, and the number of unemployed residents held steady at 3,500.