2011-12-03 / News

Encouraging news on job front

Some encouraging jobless figures were released this week by the State Department of Labor and Industry.

Cameron County’s unemployment rate dropped from 12.3 percent in September to 11.2 in October. It’s still the highest in the state.

Potter County’s unemployment rate continued its downward slide, from 9.3 percent in September to 8.6 percent in October. Pennsylvania’s rate was 8.1 during October; the national rate was 9.0.

As always, officials caution that the relatively small samplings from rural counties and other factors can cause wide fluctuations in unemployment statistics. For instance, the figures do not reflect adults whose unemployment compensation benefits have expired, nor do they include the “underemployed,” who are working part-time.

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