The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

July 3, 2013

County’s jobless rate dips slightly down

By Herald staff

MERCER COUNTY — Mercer County’s jobless rates nudged down slightly to 8.3 percent in May from April’s 8.4 percent.

But figures released by the state Department of Labor and Industry on Tuesday still show the county’s unemployment rate is above the state’s 7.5 percent rate and the national 7.6 percent rate.

Figures for May show the labor force grew slightly to 54,500, up 100 from April, while the number of employed stood at 50,000, up 200 over the same period.

The number of unemployed residents in the county was 4,400 in May, up 200 from April.

Goods-producing jobs held steady at 10,100, in May with mining, logging and construction gaining 100 jobs with manufacturing down by 100.

Service-providing jobs grew by 200 jobs in May with leisure and hospitality up 200 jobs, trade up 100 jobs, government up 100 with education and health services down 200 jobs.

Surrounding counties unemployment rates were:

ä Lawrence, 8 percent

ä Crawford, 7.4 percent

ä Venango, 8 percent