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November 21st, 2011

Midstate unemployment declines

Midstate unemployment declines, but 20,900 are jobless

The unemployment rate dropped in the Harrisburg re­gion in September, the state Department of Labor & In­dustry says.

Unemployment in the Harrisburg area fell to 7.4 per­cent, down from 7.8 percent in August. The figures were released today.

About 20,900 people in the Harrisburg metropolitan area are unemployed.

In the York-Hanover area, unemployment dipped to 8 percent in September, down from 8.1 percent, the Labor Department says.

About 4,400 leisure and hospitality jobs dropped in Septem­ber, the largest over-the-month increase on record.

Declines in seasonal jobs are expected with the end of sum­mer, but they were exacerbated by Hersheypark’s closure due to flood damage from Tropical Storm Lee in September.

Midstate eateries also shed jobs due to flood damage.

Students returned to public schools and universities, and that led to an uptick in employment.

Also aiding the numbers, about 200 striking Verizon employ­ees went back to work.

Harrisburg’s unemployment rate remains below the state­wide rate, which was 8.3 per­cent in September.

State College had the lowest unemployment rate (5.6 per­cent) in September. Scranton-Wilkes Barre had the highest rate(9.7 percent).

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