The York-Hanover area's unemployment rate has remained unchanged at 7.2 percent for three months, according to statistics released Tuesday by the state Department of Labor & Industry.
"It's flat," said William Sholly, a Labor & Industry analyst. "Ideally, you'd like to see that number go down, but it's not necessarily a bad thing."
After slowly dropping for six months, the York-Hanover area's unemployment rate held steady at 7.2 percent during March, April and May.
Stagnant statistics aren't new to the region. The York-Hanover area also had an unchanged 7.6 unemployment rate last year from March through May, Sholly said.
And, like last year, the number of jobs are increasing in construction and hospitality, as those industries benefit from seasonal demand for building projects and other services, he said.
The York-Hanover area's 7.2 unemployment rate is slightly better than that of Pennsylvania and the U.S. The state's 7.4 unemployment rate remained unchanged for the second consecutive month, while the nation's numbers climbed from 8.1 percent in April to 8.2 percent in May.
However, the local, state and national unemployment rates have all dropped since May 2011 when the York-Hanover area's rate was 7.6, the state's was 8.0 and the nation's was 9.1.
That's a positive sign, Sholly said, even if there hasn't been a lot of movement locally during the last few months.
"It's one of those things you'd like to see come back down, but sometimes you just don't see a lot of activity there," he said.