One day after the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry announced county unemployment rates for the month of November, federal officials announced that the U.S. had added 155,000 jobs in December. That keeps the national unemployment number at 7.8 percent, the same as November’s revised figure.
Meanwhile, in November, unemployment numbers fell or remained steady around the Oil Region, except for Forest County where October’s figure of 8.8 percent climbed to 9.1 percent.
In Venango County in November, about 2,100 people were without jobs, bringing the jobless figure to 7.8 percent, down from October’s rate of 8.1 percent. In Clarion County, unemployment fell from 9.1 percent to 8.9 percent. In Crawford County, joblessness was figured at 7.5 percent, unchanged from October.
In Warren County, where unemployment has been lowest in this area for quite sometime, the November figure was tallied at 6.6 percent, down from 6.8 percent. In Mercer County, November unemployment stood at 8.2 percent, unchanged from the previous month.
In all, the unemployment rate in November was lower than in October in 50 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. Statewide, joblessness slid from 8.1 percent to 7.8 percent.