Unemployment numbers climbed sharply in the Oil Region in the month of January.
More than 2,500 Venango County residents were without jobs. That translates to a jobless rate of 9.5 percent, up from 8.8 percent in December and 7.8 percent in November. Analysts say it appears that many who had lost their jobs in late 2012 at Joy Global and at the now-closed PNC Call Center were just being processed on the unemployment rolls in January.
In Crawford County, unemployment climbed from 8.0 percent to 8.5 percent. Clarion County saw a slight increase from 9.7 percent to 9.8 percent.
The highest jobless number in the region in January was recorded in Forest County — 11 percent, up from 9.5 percent.
Other January numbers included Warren County at 7.2 percent, up from 7.0 percent, and Mercer County where unemployment rocketed from 8.3 percent to 9.9 percent.
All of these higher numbers compare to a state January jobless rate of 8.2 percent, and a national figure of 7.9 percent.