Employment steady/ rate drops

The unemployment rate in Warren County continued to decline for the third straight month.

The seasonally adjusted rate dropped from 6.8 percent in October to 6.6 percent in November, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s Center for Workforce Information and Analysis.

The labor force fell from 21,700 in October to 21,600 in November, as did the number of people unemployed, falling from 1,500 to 1,400. The number of people employed remained steady at 20,200.

According to the Center, there was an increase in the number of jobs from October to November. Total nonfarm, private, service-providing, trade, transportation, and utilities all had increases.

The current unemployment rate of 6.6 percent is down from the 7.0 percent recorded in November 2011.

Warren County continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in the region compared to 9.1 percent in Forest County, 8.0 percent in Bradford, 7.9 percent in Oil City, 7.6 percent in Erie, and 7.5 percent in Meadville.

The statewide unemployment rate dropped from 8.1 percent in October to 7.8 percent in November while the national number dropped from 7.9 percent to 7.7 percent.