July statistics for the Harrisburg-Carlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) indicate a minuscule increase in the area’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, according to the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC’s newly released data.
With just one-tenth of a percentage point more in July, the 4.5 percent rate was down four-tenths of a percentage point since last year at the same time.
The Harrisburg-Carlisle MSA had the fourth lowest unemployment rate among Pennsylvania’s 18 MSAs. The State College MSA had the lowest rate at 3.8 percent, while the Johnstown MSA had the highest at 6.9 percent. The July seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for both Pennsylvania and the nation were unchanged at 5.4 and 5.3 percent, respectively.
The Harrisburg-Carlisle MSA’s seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs were up 1,200 in July to a total of 337,600. July marked this year’s sixth gain. Over the year, jobs were up 2.9 percent (9,600) in the MSA, while statewide jobs grew 1.1 percent.
Local government educational services lost 1,600 jobs due to public schools ending their academic years. The private service-providing sector added 1,100 jobs in July, led by education and health services (up 900), and professional and business services (up 600).
The Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC was founded in the late 1800s. Its mission is to catalyze policy change, job creation and business growth in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry counties.