Local jobless rate ticks up slightly

Warren County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly in June to 4.9 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 4.9 percent unemployment rate is the lowest in the region, compared to 7.3 percent in Forest County, 5.8 percent in Erie and Venango counties, 5.6 percent in McKean County and 5.4 percent in Crawford County.

The national unemployment rate increased from 6.1 percent in June to 6.2 percent in July and Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate increased slightly to 5.7 percent, up from 5.6 in June.

The number of people in the county’s labor force increased from 20,700 in June to 21,100 in July. The number of employed increased from 19,700 in June to 20,100 in July. The number of unemployed stayed at 1,000 in June to July.

According to the center, the number of jobs in the non-farm sector decreased from 15,800 in June to 15,400 in July; total private sector jobs also decreased from at 13,700 in June to 13,600 in July. Service-providing sectors decreased from 12,500 in June to 12,100 in July.

The current rate in Warren County is down from 6.0 percent in June 2013.