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Indiana County jobless rate improves to 7.5 percent


The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Indiana County dropped four-tenths of a percentage point in May, to 7.5 percent.  That’s the same rate as a year ago, but it’s 1.5 points below the recent peak unemployment of 9 percent in January.


The jobless rate fell among most of our neighbors, too.  Jefferson County was down three-tenths of a point to 7.6 percent; Westmoreland and Clearfield counties were both off two-tenths, at 7 percent and 8.4 percent, respectively;  unemployment in Cambria County fell a tenth of a point to 8.9 percent, and it was unchanged at 7.9 percent in Armstrong County.


Indiana County’s unemployment was the 31st-lowest in the state.  The top rate was 5.6 percent in Montour County while Cameron County had the worst unemployment rate, at 10.4 percent.


The state Labor and Industry Department said the rate fell because the anticipated seasonal drop in service industry jobs was smaller than expected (at about 800 fewer jobs) and the 300-job increase in the goods-producing sector was larger than typical.    

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