Local jobless rate steady

The unemployment rate in Warren County is holding steady at 6.2 percent unchanged from April, again the lowest rate in the region.

Warren County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased from 6.7 in April to 6.5 in May according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s Center for Workforce Information and Analysis.

The labor force increased from 21,000 in April to 21,600 in May, and the number of people unemployed remained the same at from 1,300 in April and May. The number of employed people rose from 19,700 from April to 20,200 in May.

According to the Center, there were increases in the number of jobs from April to May. Total nonfarm jobs increased from 15,700 in April to 16,000 in May, while total private jobs increased from 13,500 to 13,800 during the same time period. Increases were also found in the service-providing jobs from 12,700 to 12,900 from April to May. 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 May 2012 at 6.5 percent.

Warren County continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in the region compared to 9 percent in Forest County, 7.6 percent in Oil City, 7.4 percent in Bradford, 7.1 percent in Erie and 6.9 percent in Meadville.

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate stands at 7.4 percent and the national unemployment rate is 7.6 percent.

Data changes of 100 may be due to rounding, and workers are counted where they live only once, regardless of the number of jobs they may hold.