Unemployment numbers improved throughout the Oil Region in March.
The figures in this six-county area of the state dropped for the second consecutive month.
In Venango County, where about 2,100 people were without jobs, the unemployment rate fell from 8.3 percent in February to 7.9 percent — equal to the statewide figure for the month of March. In Clarion County, unemployment registered 7.7 percent, the lowest figure in four-and-a-half years, and a drop from 9.1 percent in February.
In Crawford County, joblessness improved from 7.5 percent in February to a March figure of 7.2 percent. In Warren County, where unemployment numbers have continued to be the lowest in this part of the state, the March number was 6.3 percent, down from 6.4 percent.
Forest County saw their unemployment figure slide from 9.7 percent to 9.6 percent. In Mercer County, the March number was 8.5 percent, down from 8.9 percent in February.
Nationally, unemployment in March was registered at 7.6 percent.