Manufacturing unemployment in Erie County decreases despite rises in other industries

October 4, 2011

The change in unemployment between July and August for Erie County, Pennsylvania, was negative for some industries and positive for others. One of the sectors falling under the latter category was manufacturing, which boosted its employment for the sixth month in a row this year, according to the Erie Times-News.

The news source reports that on a whole, the unemployment rate for the county rose for the fourth consecutive month between July and August, from 8.3 percent in the former month to 8.8 percent in the latter. Unemployment also rose in the state during this period, from 8 percent to 8.6 percent.

Despite these problems, producers of goods in Erie County added 100 jobs in August, most of which were under the umbrella of the manufacturing industry. Since 16.2 percent of all employment in the county is in manufacturing, this is being seen as a particularly positive sign. Chris Magaro, a labor analyst with Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry, confirmed this.

“[Manufacturing is] definitely on an upward trend there,” he told the news source. “That’s good to see, because Erie’s economy is pretty heavily into the manufacturing sector.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that throughout the state, manufacturing employment increased from about 573,000 jobs to approximately 575,000 positions between July and August.