The York-Hanover unemployment rate dropped eight-tenths of a point in the last year.
The rate decreased from 7.8 percent in October 2012 to 7 percent in October, according to statistics released Thursday by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.
But the lower rate isn't exactly a sign that more people are finding work in York County.
Instead, statistics show the labor force has deflated in the area as many local residents have stopped looking for jobs, according William Sholly, an analyst with the department.
"Our data shows more people are choosing not to work," he said.
The lower number of job seekers in the county is likely due to workers retiring or households deciding to live on one income, Sholly said.
"We're not seeing an increase in discouraged workers," he said.
From October 2012 to October, the civilian labor force -- which includes the number of both employed and unemployed county residents -- decreased from 230,800 to 226,500, according to state data.
During the year-to-year period, the number of employed dropped from 213,700 to 211,600, and the number of unemployed dropped from 17,100 to 14,800.
Throughout the year, the greatest job losses were in manufacturing, finance, government and professional services. All those local industries shrank by 200 or more jobs.
The 300 jobs lost in local government since October 2012 are likely due to changes made at school districts, not the government shutdown, Sholly said.
"In terms of the shutdown, there was not really an impact in York," he said.
While federal workers in Washington, D.C., and suburban Maryland and Virginia were waiting out the government shutdown, jobs were being added in York.
Local retailers added 400 jobs as they started hiring seasonal help, and school districts in the county added 400 jobs as they returned to fully employment, Sholly said.
The added jobs helped give York County a lower unemployment rate than both the state (7.5 percent) and nation (7.3 percent), he said.