The unemployment rate for the York-Hanover area dropped two-tenths of a percentage point in November, but it's too early to say if seasonal jobs had anything to do with it.

"We have to wait and see what happens during the next few months," said William Sholly, an analyst with the state Department of Labor & Industry.

York-Hanover's jobless rate fell to 7.6 percent in November, decreasing from a 7.8 percent rate in October and besting the 7.7 percent rate recorded in November 2011, according to statistics released Thursday by the state department.

"I don't want to get too excited until we see what happens in the next few months, but this month looks good," Sholly said.

While local retail jobs increased by 800, not all of the new jobs created in York County in November were seasonal.

The openings of Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants in Springettsbury Township and Hanover added more than 200 jobs in the county, and jobs in the health care industry grew by 100 to reach an all-time high of 24,100.

Jobs in the local health care industry range from custodians to physicians, Sholly said.

"Overall, the labor force is growing, and more people in that labor force are finding work," he said.

York-Hanover's falling numbers line up with lower rates recorded at state and national levels.

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate fell from 8.1 percent in October to 7.8 percent in November. November's rate was also lower than the 7.9 percent recorded for the state during the same month in 2011.

The national unemployment rate dropped from 7.9 percent in October to 7.7 percent in November.

"Being down over the year is always a good thing," Sholly said. "It's especially good when you look at the labor force and employment numbers and realize people who are looking for work are finding it."

- Candy Woodall can also be reached at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.