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County unemployment rate down in September

Warren County’s unemployment rate bucked the trend and was down in September.

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry released September data on Tuesday showing a seasonally-adjusted rate of 5.8 percent in the county.

Unemployment had been rising locally since June and reached a high point of 6.7 percent in August — highest since the 7.0 percent in March.

The September rate is the lowest since the 5.7 percent in May.

Unemployment is also down compared to a year ago — the county had a rate of 6.5 percent in September 2020.

The county compared favorably to the statewide average and the regional rates published by L&I. Regional unemployment rates were: Meadville — 6.2 percent, Oil City — 6.3 percent, Bradford — 6.4 percent, Erie — 7.0 percent, and Forest County — 7.7 percent.

The Pennsylvania unemployment rate for September was 6.2 percent, according to L&I. Nationally, the rate was 4.8 percent.

In the county, there was increased employment in trade, transportation, and utilities, and professional business services, according to the department.

According to L&I, there were about 1,100 unemployed Warren County residents in September, taking into account a seasonal adjustment.

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 make month-to-month comparisons.

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