Feb. jobless rate falls in county

The unemployment rate in Warren County has decreased from 7.2 percent in January to 6.4 percent in February, the lowest unemployment rate in the region.

Warren County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased from 6.6 in November to 7.0 in December, the first increase since August 2012, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s Center for Workforce Information and Analysis.

The labor force dropped from 21,500 in January to 21,300 in February as did the number of people unemployed, dropping from 1,600 in January to 1,400 in February. The number of employed people stayed at 20,000 from January to February.

According to the Center, there were increases in the number of jobs from January to February. Total nonfarm jobs increased from 15,200 in January to 15,300 in February while total private jobs increased from 13,000 to 13,100 during the same time period. Increases were also found in the service-providing jobs from 12,400 to 12,500 from January to February. Professional and business services increased from 1,500 to 1,600 as did education and health services from 3,000 to 3,100 from January to February.

The current seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is slightly higher than it was in February 2012 at 6.2 percent.

Warren County continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in the region compared to 9.7 percent in Forest County, 8.3 percent in Oil City, 7.9 percent in Bradford, 7.9 percent in Erie and 7.5 percent in Meadville.

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate stands at 8.1 percent and the national unemployment rate is 7.7 percent.