The York-Hanover area's six-month streak of shrinking unemployment numbers has ended.
August's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased by one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.2 percent, according to statistics released Tuesday morning by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.
But since the start of the year, the rate has decreased by eight-tenths of a point.
The York-Hanover area was in the middle of the road among Pennsylvania's 14 metropolitan areas in August. The State College area had the lowest rate at 6 percent, whereas the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre area had the highest rate at 9.2 percent, the data show.
The August seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Pennsylvania rose two-tenths to 7.7 percent, whereas the rate for the nation was down one-tenth to 7.3 percent.
Only one month: Although the unemployment rate increase is a bit jarring after a months-long downward trend, Bill Sholly, an analyst with the state department, isn't too concerned.
"I'm not too worried about it at this point in time, just because you've had this good track record over the past couple months," he said. "One month doesn't make it a trend."
August is usually one of the quieter months in terms of job activity, and the area saw a bit of a drop in the labor force over the month, Sholly said.
"You don't like to see it, but I don't see it as being a precursor of anything bad," he said.
Looking forward, certain short-term or seasonal
But for now, an off-month isn't much to worry about.
"The overall trend is still pretty good for York," Sholly said. "It's really only one month."
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