Area (MSA) was unchanged at 6.1 percent. Besides last month, the last time the rate was at this level was October 2008. Over the year, the rate fell 1.3 percentage points. The Erie MSA tied the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton MSA for the 10th lowest unemployment rate among Pennsylvania’s 14 MSAs in May. The State College MSA had the lowest rate at 4.1 percent, while the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre MSA had the highest rate at 7.2 percent.
Erie County tied Lehigh County for the 39th
lowest unemployment rate among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.
Unemployment rates and rankings of nearby counties were: Warren (5.2%, t-13
th); Forest (7.1%, t-57
th); Venango (5.9%,
rd); Mercer (5.8%, t-31
st); and Crawford (6.0%, 38
th). The May seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for
Pennsylvania decreased one-tenth to 5.6 percent, while the national rate was unchanged at 6.3 percent.
In May, seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in the Erie MSA fell 1,200 to 129,900. Since May 2013, jobs
increased 1,000 in the MSA. Detailed industry data for the MSA is not seasonally adjusted (see below).
Construction projects continued in May, resulting in more workers being hired (+300).
As spring semester ended at some universities, education and health services and state government jobs went
down 500 and 200, respectively.
Leisure and hospitality jobs continued to increase, up 1,000 as summer related businesses began to hire more
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