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May 29, 2014

Jobless rate falls

Below 6 percent in April; Labor force also drops

MERCER COUNTY — Mercer County’s jobless rate fell below 6 percent in April, according to preliminary findings by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.

The local jobless rate was 5.8 percent in April compared to the 6.3 percent rate in March. April’s findings are preliminary and will be updated next month.

Still, the latest results follow the continued trend this year of a dropping local unemployment rate. Mercer County’s rate is below the national 6.3 percent rate but a pinch above the state’s 5.7 percent rate.  

The latest decline was largely due to a drop in the number of unemployed and in the labor force.

Those unemployed who live in the county fell to 3,100 in April compared to 3,400 in March. The labor force was 53,500 compared to 54,100 over the same time period.

Figures for April show goods-producing gained 300 jobs from March with mining, logging and construction up 200 and manufacturing rising by 100.

Service-providing jobs saw the biggest bump upward with leisure and hospitality up 300 jobs, trade transportation and utilities up 100, retail trade up 100 and professional and business services up 100. Local government saw a drop of 100 jobs. All figures are rounded out to the nearest 100.

Surrounding counties unemployment rates in April:

• Lawrence – 5.8 percent

• Butler – 4.7 percent

• Crawford – 5.7 percent

• Venango – 5.7 percent

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The annual 2012 average wages by industry sector for Mercer County. County total includes private, federal, state and local government. The first number is the Mercer County average followed by the state average:

Total, all industries – $36,560; $48,397

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting – $17,342; $30,057

Mining – $102,461; $75,929

Utilities – $72,734; $101,879

Construction – $43,376; $56,084

Manufacturing – $53,070; $56,394

Wholesale trade – $38,335; $70,858

Retail trade – $21,975; $25,661

Transportation and warehousing – $44,863; $40,526

Information – $41,378; $67,599

Finance and insurance – $65,983; $79,097

Real estate and rental and leasing – $39,903; $51,135

Professional and technical services – $38,211; $82,425

Management of companies and enterprises – $68,711; $114,485

Administration/Support, waste management /remediation Services – $27,241; $31,951

Educational Services – $40,315; $51,278

Health care and social assistance – $34,440; $44,378

Arts, entertainment, and recreation – $12,897; $29,603

Accommodation and food services – $13,200; $15,852

Other services, except public administration – $18,858; $28,743

Federal government – $50,607; $68,245

State government – $51,200; $53,073

Local government – $37,837; $45,319

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry

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