Jobless rate up in March

May 2, 2019

Somerset County’s unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a percentage point in March to 4.5 percent as the job sector that includes ski resorts shed about 300 jobs.

The jobless rate was 4.3 percent in February, 4.2 percent in January and 5.2 percent in March 2018, according to the state Department of Labor & Industry.

Somerset County was tied with two other counties for the ninth highest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania, which has 67 counties. The state and national rates were 3.9 percent and 3.8 percent, respectively.

The estimated number of Somerset County residents working or looking for work, known as the civilian labor force, remained steady in March at 33,700. Of that number, approximately 32,200 residents had jobs and 1,500 were unemployed. The department rounds job figures to the nearest hundred but uses unrounded data to compile the unemployment rate.

The county lost a net total of about 200 jobs during the month, including roughly 300 in the leisure and hospitality job sector. About 100 jobs were added in mining, logging and construction.