Unemployment rate drops in Greene County

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Leaves weren’t the only things that fell in October. So did unemployment in Greene County and the Pittsburgh region, according to preliminary figures released Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Departmnent of Labor and Industry.


The numbers, normally released the fourth Monday of the month but delayed because of the Thanksgiving weekend, showed Greene County with a seasonally adjusted jobless rate of 6.8 percent. That was a drop from the final September rate of 7.0 percent, and a significant improvement from 7.3 percent in August. Greene’s October percentage was slightly up from 6.6 percent in October 2011.


The unemployment rate in Washington County was the same in October as it was in September – 7.4 percent. That was better than the 7.5 percent rate in August, but down a little from 7.2 percent in October 2011.


About 700 more Washington County residents were employed in October than September, resulting in 102,600 working out of a seasonally adjusted labor force of 110,800.


Nearly 100 more Greene residents were working last month than in September, with about 19,900 employed out of a labor force of 21,400.


Pennsylvania finished October with 8.1 percent unemployment, down from 8.2 percent in September. The national figure for October was 7.9 percent, an increase of one-tenth.


Washington is one of seven counties in the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area, which also includes the city of Pittsburgh. The other counties are Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette and Westmoreland.


The Pittsburgh MSA ended a long “losing streak,” in which its jobless rate rose the previous four months. The MSA, according to the Labor Department’s Center for Workforce Information & Analysis in Harrisburg, had a seasonally adjusted rate of 7.3 percent, down from its September mark of 7.4 percent and equaling the August mark.


Butler (6.4) and Fayette (9.4), again, had the lowest and unemployment rates in the Pittsburgh MSA.


October was the 30th consecutive month that the Pittsburgh MSA had an increase in total jobs, but the first since June 2010 that the gain was less than 10,000.


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