Local jobless rate continues decline

The unemployment rate in Warren County has decreased from 6.6 percent in March to 6.2 percent in April, again the lowest rate in the region.

Warren County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased from 6.2 in March to 6.6 in April, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s Center for Workforce Information and Analysis.

The labor force remained steady at 21,000 in March and April, and the number of people unemployed dropped from 1,500 in February to 1,400 in March. The number of employed people rose from 19,600 from March to 19,700 in April.

According to the Center, there were increases in the number of jobs from March to April. Total nonfarm jobs increased from 15,600 in March to 15,700 in April while total private jobs increased from 13,400 to 13,500 during the same time period. Increases were also found in the service-providing jobs from 12,600 to 12,700 from March to April. Professional and business services were steady at 1,600 as did education and health services at 3,100 in March and April. Government jobs remained the same, with total government at 2,200 and local government at 1,300.

The current seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is slightly higher than it was in April 2012 at 6.6 percent.

Warren County continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in the region compared to 9.7 percent in Forest County, 8.1 percent in Oil City, 7.7 percent in Bradford, 7.5 percent in Erie and 7.7 percent in Meadville.

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate stands at 7.6 percent and the national unemployment rate is 7.5 percent.