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County unemployment rate continues to decline

Unemployment is down again in Warren County.

According to data released Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (L&I), the unemployment in the county was 5.4 percent in October. According to the department’s seasonally-adjusted figures, there were about 1,000 residents out of work out of a work force of over 18,000.

According to the data, increases in the number of jobs in trades, transportation, and utilities, professional and business services, and local government more than made up for losses in manufacturing in terms of the number of jobs in the county.

The drop in unemployment continued a recent trend. The rate declined from 6.6 percent in August to September’s 5.7 percent.

A year ago, unemployment in the county stood at 6.1 percent.

The county’s rate continues to be the most favorable in the region, but higher than the national rate. According to L&I, Meadville had an unemployment rate of 5.7 percent in October, Bradford and Oil City had 5.8, Erie 6.3, and Forest County 7.4.

That state-wide rate was 6.0 percent while the national average was 4.6.

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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