Unemployment rate falls to 5.4% here

Warren County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.4 percent in December, more than a full percentage point lower than one year ago and lower than the national, state and regional unemployment rates, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s Center for Workforce Information and Analysis.

Warren County’s 5.4 percent unemployment rate is the lowest in the region compared to 7.8 percent in Forest County, 7.0 percent in Erie County, 6.7 percent in Venango County, 6.6 percent in Clarion County and 6.4 percent in McKean County.

The national unemployment rate in December was 6.7 percent and Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was 6.9 percent.

The number of people in the county’s labor force remained at 21,400 from November to December. The number of people employed rose by 100 from 20,100 in November to 20,200 in December. The number of unemployed also decreased by 100 from 1,300 in November to 1,200 in December.

According to the center, the number of jobs in the non-farm, total private sectors, goods-producing, and service-providing sectors remained flat. Professional and business services, leisure and hospitality sectors also stayed the same.

The current local unemployment rate is down from 6.8 percent recorded in December 2012.