Although state and national unemployment rates remain the same, Schuylkill County’s rate decreased 0.5 of a percentage point to 8.5 percent in February, the lowest it has been since January 2009.
According to an article on the RepublicanHerald.com, a seasonal decline was seen in February in industries such as retail trade as seasonal workers were laid off, and leisure and hospitality jobs, as winter activities and holiday traveling ended.
The article also noted that trade, transportation and utility jobs increased, including professional and business services. Mining, logging and construction was up compared to last year.
Schuylkill County’s rate is tied with Clarion and Lackawanna counties for 56th lowest among the 67 counties in Pennsylvania. Bradford County had the lowest rate of 5.1 percent while Cameron County had the highest rate at 10.7 percent.