Local jobless rate falls full point since May 2013 report

Warren County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.2 percent in May, still 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 5.2 percent unemployment rate is the lowest in the region, compared to 7.1 percent in Forest County, 6.1 percent in Erie County, 6 percent in Crawford County, and 5.9 percent in Venango and McKean counties.

The national unemployment rate in May was 6.3 percent and Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was 5.6 percent.

The number of people in the county’s labor force dropped slightly from 21,000 in April to 20,900 in May. The number of employed decreased from 20,000 in April to 19,800 in May. The number of unemployed increased from 1,000 in April to 1,100 in May.

According to the center, the number of jobs in the non-farm sector increased from 15,700 in April to 15,800 in May; total private sector jobs also increased from 13,500 in April to 13,700 in May. Service-providing sectors remained flat at 12,600 from April to May.

The current rate in Warren County is down from 6.4 percent in May 2013.