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Somerset County unemployment rate drops in November

January 4, 2019

Somerset County’s unemployment rate dipped two-tenths of a percentage point in November to 5 percent, according to the state Department of Labor & Industry.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.2 percent in October, 5.3 percent in September and 5.8 percent in November 2017.

Somerset County had a labor force of 33,300 people in November. Of that number, 31,600 people were working and 1,700 were unemployed.

The labor force grew slightly from October, when it included 33,000 people.

Somerset County was tied with two other counties — Clearfield and Huntingdon — for the eighth highest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania, which has 67 counties. Chester and Forest counties bookended the rankings with jobless rates of 3.1 percent and 6 percent, respectively. The statewide rate was 4.2 percent.

The number of jobs in Somerset County was essentially unchanged in November at 24,800.

The department rounds job figures to the nearest hundred but uses unrounded data to calculate the unemployment rate.

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