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October’s Regional Jobless Figures Were Mixed; Nation’s Employment Up In November

December 7, 2013

Numbers released Thursday by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry show mixed results in the search for jobs in the Oil Region in October.

In Venango and Crawford Counties, for instance, unemployment climbed by one-tenth of a percentage point — to 7.7 percent in Venango County and to 7.3 percent in Crawford County.

Clarion County residents, though, saw their jobless rate fall from eight percent in September to 7.8 percent.  In Forest County, the rate of unemployment dropped from nine percent to 8.1 percent.  And, in Mercer County, the jobless number in October was down one half of one percent to 7.8 percent from 8.3 percent in September.

In Warren County, where the unemployment numbers lately have been lower than in the rest of northwest Pennsylvania, joblessness remained at 6.3 percent.

Statewide in October, the unemployment rate was down one-tenth of as percentage point to 7.5 percent.

The state and county numbers were released just one day before federal officials announced the nation’s unemployment rate of 7.3 percent in October fell to an even seven percent in November.

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