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Local unemployment rate up to 9.4 percent in August


February 17. 2013 6:24AM
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The Scranton-Wilkes-Barre Metropolitan Statistical Area‚??s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased two-tenths of a percentage point in August, reaching 9.4 percent. This rate was the highest among Pennsylvania‚??s 14 metro statistical areas.
Pennsylvania‚??s rate increased two-tenths over the month to 8.1 percent, while the nation's rate decreased two-tenths, also at 8.1 percent. The Scranton-Wilkes-Barre rate was unchanged over the year, as was Pennsylvania‚??s rate, while the U.S. rate was down one percentage point.
The region's seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs increased by 1,300 over the month to 258,700 and gained 4,000 jobs over the year, an increase of 1.6 percent.
Read the complete story in Tuesday's Times Leader.


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