Unemployment numbers in most of this part of the Oil Region climbed slightly in May following impressive drops in April.
The jobless figures released Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry included an increase in unemployment in Venango County to 5.9 percent, up from 5.7 percent the previous month. About 1,500 Venango County residents were officially listed as unemployed.
In Clarion County, joblessness increased from 6.4 to 6.7 percent. Crawford County saw unemployment rise from 5.7 percent to six percent.
Unemployment in Forest County climbed from seven percent to 7.1 percent, and in Warren County the May figure was 5.2 percent, up from just under five percent in April. Mercer County’s jobless number remained unchanged at 5.8 percent.
Comparatively speaking, the statewide unemployment rate in May was 5.6 percent, the lowest number since September, 2008. The national rate was 6.3 percent.