Jobless rate falls to 4.8%

Warren County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continued to fall in June to 4.8 percent, 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 4.8 percent unemployment rate is the lowest in the region, compared to 7.4 percent in Forest County, 5.9 percent in Erie County, 5.5 percent in Venango and McKean counties and 5.3 percent in Crawford County.

The national unemployment rate in June dropped from 6.3 percent to 6.1 percent and Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate stayed at 5.6 percent.

The number of people in the county’s labor force dropped slightly from 29,900 in May to 20,700 in June. The number of employed decreased from 19,800 in May to 19,700 in June. The number of unemployed decreased from 1,100 in May to 1,000 in June.

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

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