Crawford County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October was 5.1 percent, up from 4.6 percent in September, according to the statistics released this week by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
The seasonally adjusted jobless rate for the state as a whole was 4.2 percent in October, up from 4 percent in September. The national rate of 3.6 percent was up 0.1 percent from September and remained near a 50-year low.
Crawford County hit a record low at 3.9 percent in April, according to a Labor and Industry spokeswoman. Since then, the county has seen a steady upward trend.
The county’s seasonally adjusted labor force in October was 39,800, an increase of 400 from September. The total number of people unemployed was up to 2,000 from 1,800 in September. Due to rounding, the total employment figures from Labor and Industry do not always total correctly. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, in contrast, is computed using unrounded data.
The monthly unemployment rate is based on a county’s total labor force — the number of people who live in a county and are in the workforce either employed or unemployed. Residents are included in the figures regardless of whether their employment is located within the county.
Education and health services jobs in the county saw an increase of 600 in October from 6,800 to 7,400 over the previous month. Leisure and hospitality employment declined by 200, from 2,900 to 2,700.
The county's manufacturing sector remained at 7,500 in October.
Crawford County has a heavier reliance on manufacturing than Pennsylvania and the nation. About 23 percent of all jobs in Crawford County are related to manufacturing compared to about 10 percent statewide and 8.5 percent nationally.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for the surrounding counties in northwest Pennsylvania all increased and remained above the statewide average.
The rates, listed for October, then September, were: Erie County, 4.4 percent, 4.2; Mercer County, 5.4, 4.7; Venango County, 5.5, 4.8; and Warren County, 4.9, 4.3.