Warren County's unemployment rate continued to drop during October. The county's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 6.8 percent compared to 7.1 percent in September according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry's Center for Workforce Information and Analysis.
The labor force remained steady from September to October, holding at 21,700 as did the number of people employed with 20,200. The number of people unemployed also remained the same at 1,500.
According to the PA DPLI, the number of jobs from September to October remained steady. Government and local government jobs increased as private sector and leisure and hospitality jobs fell slightly.
The current unemployment rate of 6.8 percent is down from the 7.2 percent recorded in October of 2011.
Warren County's unemployment is the lowest in the region compared to 8.8 percent in Forest County, 8.2 percent in Oil City, 8.0 percent in Bradford, 7.7 percent in Erie, and 7.6 percent in Meadville. The statewide unemployment rate is at 8.1 percent while the nationwide number stands at 7.9 percent.