Local jobless rate increases slightly

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

The labor force increased from 21,600 in May to 21,900 in June, and the number of people unemployed rose from 1,300 in May to 1,500 in June. The number of employed people rose from 20,200 from May to 20,400 in June.

According to the Center, the total number of jobs from May to June remained constant. Total non-farm jobs remained the same at 16,000, while total private jobs remained at 13,800 during the same time period. Service-providing jobs stayed steady at 12,900. Professional and business services were steady at 1,600 as were education and health services at 3,100. Government jobs remained the same, with total government at 2,200 and local government at 1,300.

The current seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is lower than it was in June 2012 when it was 6.8 percent.

Warren County continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in the region compared to 9.4 percent in Forest County, 8.1 percent in Oil City, 7.6 percent in Bradford, 7.3 percent in Erie and 7.8 percent in Meadville.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 7.5 percent and the national unemployment rate remained steady at 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.