New Castle News


October 4, 2012

Local jobless rate doesn’t budge

NEW CASTLE — The unemployment rate in Lawrence County did not go up or down in August, according to the latest statistics available.

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry reported that the seasonally adjusted rate was 8.5 percent. July’s rate also was 8.5 percent.

A year ago — August 2011 — the rate was 8.8 percent.

The rate in Pennsylvania for August was 8.1 percent and the U.S. rate was also 8.1.

Surrounding counties had the following rates for August: Beaver, 7.8; Butler, 6.7; Mercer 8.9 and the Pittsburgh area, 7.3.


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