Pa. jobless rates continues to decline in the Midstate; U.S. unemployment filings also down


(WHTM) — Unemployment rates in the Midstate are at a new pandemic-era low and they are far lower than elsewhere in the state and country.

New numbers out today show Gettysburg with unemployment less than 4%, which is two full points better than the U.S. and Pennsylvania averages.

Lebanon has the worst unemployment rate in the Midstate at just over 5%, which is nearly a point better than the average.

Local economies have generally recovered faster than big cities and the Midstate’s warehouse sector has boomed as more shopping nationally has moved online.

Plus, a new pandemic low was reached in the number of Americans filing for unemployment. 364,000 applied last week, which is 51,000 fewer than the week before.

On Friday, July 2, the government is expected to report businesses added $675,000 new jobs last month. However, the job market is still seven million jobs short of pre-pandemic levels.

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