For the month of January, Schuylkill County’s unemployment rate hit doubles digits, increasing to 10.1 percent.
According to an article on the RepublicanHerald.com, the state’s rate increased by 0.3 of a percentage point, bringing it to 8.2 percent. The nation’s rate increased by 0.1 of a point to 7.9 percent, according to a state Department of Labor & Industry release.
According to the article, total nonfarm jobs in the county decreased by 900 in January. But over the year, Schuylkill County was up 1,300 jobs. Mining, logging, and construction jobs were down due to the cold weather. Also, January brought an end to the holiday shopping season. Retail, transportation, warehousing, and utility jobs were down over the month.
Across the state, Schuylkill County tied with Northumberland County for the 15th highest unemployment rate.
The increase in our county’s unemployment rate is another reminder that if you are injured on the job, workers’ compensation may provide the financial boost you need to get yourself back on your feet. Contact the workers’ comp attorneys at Michael J. O’Connor & Associates for a free review of your case.