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Unemployment rate rises in December

The unemployment rate rose in Warren County to a seasonally-adjusted 5.1 percent in December.

That’s a .3 percent increase from November and a .6 percent increase from the 4.5 percent rate in December 2018.

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Center for Workforce Information and Analysis released the April data on Wednesday.

Warren County’s rate is near the lowest in the region.

Rates for Bradford and Erie were 6.4 percent and 4.7 percent, respectively, 7.9 percent in Forest County, 5.4 percent in Meadville and 5.6 percent in Oil City.

Warren County came in above the state unemployment rate of 4.5 percent and above the federal unemployment rate which came in at 3.5 percent in December.

The data shows job losses in total nonfarm, service-providing and government.

According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics at the U.S. Department of Labor, seasonal adjustment “is a statistical technique that attempts to measure and remove the influences of predictable seasonal patterns to reveal how employment and unemployment changes from month-to-month.”

“These seasonal adjustments make it easier to observe the cyclical, underlying trend and other nonseasonal movements in the series,” making it possible to compare month-to-month.

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