Indiana County’s unemployment rate in January increased by almost a full percentage point. At 9 percent, the number of unemployed people was up by eight-tenths of a point from December. The rate was 1.7 points higher than in January of 2012.
Unemployment was up in all of our neighboring counties as well. It increased four-tenths of a point in Westmoreland and Cambria counties, which were at 8.2 percent and 9.2 percent, respectively. Jefferson County was up a full percentage point at 9.5 percent. Armstrong rose seven-tenths of a point to 9.5 percent and Clearfield was up seven-tenths to 10.0 percent.
Indiana County’s 9 percent unemployment was tied with Snyder and Sullivan counties for 38th place in the state.
The state Department of Labor and Industry says seasonal declines in service industries were slightly larger than typical, and over the year, the labor market in Indiana County contracted by 200 jobs.