Carbon unemployment takes big leap in August
Carbon County's unemployment rate took a big jump in August.
The adjusted seasonal rate was a staggering 11.2 percent for the month, according to the Pa. Department of Labor and Industry.
In July, Carbon's adjusted rate was 10.4 percent.
The August rates for other area counties are:
• Schuylkill - 10.0 percent.
• Lehigh - 9.1 percent.
• Monroe - 10.2 percent.
• Northampton - 8.9 percent.
• Luzerne - 10.0 percent.
Carbon's rate is the third worst in the state, with only Cameron County (12 percent) and Philadelphia County (11.5 percent) having higher percentage tallies.
The rate comes as a surprise since so many contractors are currently working to repair storm damages which came from a violent hail storm in May.
For all the counties listed above, the rate is higher than the state average of 8.2 percent and the national average of 9.1 percent.
The counties having the lowest unemployment rates in August were Centre County, home of Penn State University, which is listed at 6.4 percent; and Bradford County, where heavy Marcellus shale drilling is occurring, having an unemployment rate of 6.8 percent.
The only counties in the state which had an improvement in August over July were Fulton and Pike counties.
In July, in the Poconos Workforce Investment Area which includes Carbon, Monroe, Wayne, and Pike counties, the highest amount of unemployment advertising was in the health care industries (402 ads), followed by sales (320 ads), office and administrative support (303), and food preparation and services (269).
Occupations in most demand, as per advertisements during July, in the Workforce Investment Area were Registered Nurses (113), truck drivers (105), and retail salespersons (98).