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Second straight month of declining unemployment


Indiana County’s unemployment rate dropped a tenth of a percentage point in September to 7.9 percent.  It’s the second straight month the rate fell, but the state Department of Labor & Industry says the reason it dropped in August was different than in September.


D.L.I. says the rate drop of a tenth of a point in August was due to a decline in the unemployment count and the overall labor force.  That means fewer jobs and more people who stopped looking for work.  The decrease in September was due to a rise in employment while the number of unemployed remained flat.


Among our neighbors, Westmoreland County’s unemployment rate was 7.5 percent.  Jefferson was at 8.0 percent.  Armstrong, Cambria, and Clearfield counties were all at 9 percent.  Indiana County’s 7.9 percent places us in a 31st-place tie with Tioga County.  The best rate in the state was in Montour County, at 5.8 percent.  The worst rate was Cameron County’s 11.5 percent.  The state unemployment rate was up a tenth, to 8.2 percent.


Indiana County’s September unemployment rate a year ago was 7.4 percent.


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