Local jobless rate down to 5.3 pct.

Warren County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.3 percent in January, 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 5.3 percent unemployment rate is the lowest in the region compared to 7.2 percent in Forest County, 6.7 percent in Erie County, 6.6 percent in Venango County, 6.6 percent in McKean County, and 6.1 percent in Crawford County.

The national unemployment rate in January was 6.6 percent and Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was 6.4 percent.

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

According to the center, the number of jobs in the non-farm sector dropped from 15,600 in December to 15,400 in January; total private sectors also dropped from 13,400 in December to 13,300 in January; and service-providing sectors dropped from 12,500 in December to 12,300 in January.

Professional and business services, local government, goods-producing, leisure and hospitality sectors also stayed the same.

The current local unemployment rate is down from 7.2 percent recorded in January 2013.