Indiana County jobless rate rises for second month
In January, Indiana County's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 9.0 percent, up eight-tenths of a percent from December.
This was the second consecutive month of increase for the county with the rate up 1.7 percent from one year ago.
Analysts with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry said the county's nonfarm jobs count dropped by 1,800 in January to 34,600. Seasonal declines in service-providing industries were slightly larger than typical and dominated the over-the-month loss.
Indiana County's unemployment rate of 9.0 percent ranked 38th lowest among Pennsylvania's 67 counties and was tied with Snyder and Sullivan counties. Jobless rates in surrounding counties were 8.2 percent in Westmoreland; 9.2 percent in Cambria; 9.5 percent in Jefferson and Armstrong; and 10.0 percent in Clearfield.
January unemployment rates for all Pennsylvania counties ranged from 5.9 percent in Centre County to 12.8 percent in Cameron County. Pennsylvania's rate was up three-tenths to 8.2 percent while the U.S. rate climbed one-tenth to 7.9 percent.
According to Labor and Industry, Indiana County's seasonally adjusted labor force during January fell by 1,400 to 48,500; the number of employed residents dropped 1,600 to 44,200; and the number of unemployed residents increased by 300 to 4,400.