Jobless rates up in Washington, Greene

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The adjusted unemployment rate for Washington and Greene counties rose from November to December, to 7.5 and 7.4 percent respectively.


The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s Center for Workforce Information and Analysis released December jobless figures Monday for metropolitan statistical areas and certain counties throughout the state. Washington County’s rate went up 0.3 of a point from 7.2 and Greene’s increased 0.7 of a point from 6.7 percent.


Those December numbers also are up from the same month in 2011, when Washington had 6.9 percent unemployment and Greene 6.4 percent.


Washington County, according to the December figures, increased its labor force by 300 from the previous month – to 110,500 – yet had 400 more people unemployed (8,300 compared with 7,900).


Greene’s labor force rose 200 in December to 21,600, but the number of unemployed increased by 200 to 1,600.


The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area increased 0.1 of a percentage point to 7.3 percentover the month, but extended its streak of being under the state and national rates to 60 consecutive months. Pennsylvania’s rate went up 0.1 of point to 7.9 percent in December and the national figures remained at 7.8.


Washington is one of seven counties comprising the Pittsburgh MSA. The others: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette and Westmoreland.


Fayette County (9.7 percent) had the highest jobless rate in the Pittsburgh MSA. Butler County (6.8) had the lowest.


The Pittsburgh MSA added 800 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in December, for a record 1,169,700. Those jobs increased seven of the 12 months in 2012.


The number of jobs in durable goods dropped about 400 in December, with education and health services adding 400.


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