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March 18th, 2014

Harrisburg-Carlisle MSA Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.7%

HARRISBURG (MARCH 18) – The January seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the Harrisburg-Carlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) declined four-tenths of a percentage point to 5.7 percent. The Harrisburg-Carlisle MSA had the 4th lowest unemployment rate among Pennsylvania’s 14 MSAs in January. The Lebanon MSA had the lowest rate at 5.0 percent, while the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre MSA had the highest rate at 8.1 percent. The January seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Pennsylvania fell four-tenths to 6.4 percent, while the rate for the nation declined one-tenth of a point to 6.6 percent.

The Harrisburg-Carlisle MSA’s seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs fell by 300 to 329,700 in January (see Table 2A). Despite this decline, jobs were up 4,100 (1.3%) over the year, compared with the statewide increase of 0.5 percent. Detailed industry data for the MSA is not seasonally adjusted (see below).

  • With the end of the busy shopping season, retail trade decreased by 1,900 jobs as stores laid off holiday staff.
  • As demand for workers from temporary help services fell, administrative and waste services industries declined by 1,300 jobs in January, in line with typical seasonal movements.
  • Health care and social assistance rose 600 in January to reach a record high 44,200 jobs.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry


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