2011-10-01 / Community Life

Jobless rates go up in most recent period

Cameron County is still leading the state with a jobless figure of 12 percent, up from 11.1 percent in July.

Potter County’s unemployment rate rose from 9.2 in July to 9.8 in August. Unemployment in McKean County increased from 8.5 to 9.4.

The national jobless rate was 9.1 percent in August. Pennsylvania’s statewide figure was 8.2.

Statistics can be misleading, in that the calculations take into account only those adults who are without jobs and qualified to receive unemployment compensation. In terms of the state reporting system, they are considered to be “actively looking for work.”

Therefore, those whose unemployment benefits have been exhausted, as well as the underemployed (working part-time), are not taken into account when the reports are compiled.

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