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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tri-County Unemployment Up Sharply

Area unemployment rates climb sharply
Courier Express
Tri-County Area unemployment rates rose sharply in December as 1,000 people joined the jobless ranks.

Figures released by the state Department of Labor and Industry show Clearfield County's unemployment rate rocketing from 8.4 to 9.6 percent while Elk County's rate rose to 7.2 percent from 6.7 percent and Jefferson County's rate jumped from 7.5 to 8.7 percent.

In December 2011, Clearfield County's rate was 8.7 percent, Elk County's was 6.4 percent and Jefferson County stood at 7.8 percent. Read more...

14 comments :

Anonymous said...

Say it aint so....Drilling creates jobs. Dont it?

Hahaha fools!

Anonymous said...

Didn't these counties get Obama's memo to fake the unemployment rates and make them lower?

Anonymous said...

How can this be? There was a presidential candidate that ran on a platform of "getting Americans back to work"...and this was overwhelmingly rejected. Looks like a bunch of people need some more gub'mnt handouts.

Anonymous said...

These articles released by the State should add were the jobs are being lost.

Anonymous said...

It's obvious that the GOP in this area really would rather blame Obama than push for and encourage job growth.

Anonymous said...

It's pretty simple the ones in charge and the people living here don't want anything in northern PA. It has become the not in my backyard area! Blaming the GOP ? The town i live in has been run into the ground by democrats on the council and school board for 20 or so years!

Anonymous said...

The frack waste injection wells will create jobs and they won't be temporary!

Anonymous said...

How many men does it take to drill a frack waste well? What is the number of the people that you know who have gotten a job with the oil industry? How stupid are we?

Anonymous said...

You guys should move to North Dakota. I read an article wherer they can't find enough people to work. Walmart starting salary is $17.00 per hour.

Anonymous said...

The GOP pushed for the damn jobs and all you did was criticize them for it. Its unfortunate that they thought drilling was the answer (which is just stupidity) but while your president was doing everything he could to shut down off shore drilling so solyndra could get rich (they ended up bankrupt after taking billions of our tax dollars) the GOP was still trying. You cannot win with a democrap. They want jobs but they only want it their way.

Anonymous said...

January 29, 2013 at 10:28:00 PM
How many men does it take to drill a frack waste well?

None because they've been drilled.

Old (deep) wells that no longer produce and have not been plugged may be converted to frack waste wells.
Potter has more depleted deep wells then any county.

Anonymous said...

You live in the middle of nowhere so you better get used to it. When Level 3 pulls out later this year the unemployment rate will skyrocket. The reason is exactly what the Level 3 employees were told by management. The area is too far from a major city, not near any airports, and they can't get educated, qualified people to move to a place so remote. You all need to stop blaming the gov't. There will never be companies moving there again. Only the reverse. The area has nothing to offer but peace and quiet and that's fine for many of you. But we live in an exciting fast-paced world and no young person with an MBA is going to want to spend his life sitting on his porch visiting with his neighbors when there are places he can live with nightlife, museums, theater, shopping, etc. Since manufacturing has eroded in this country there is no need for unskilled factory work anymore which was the lifeblood of rural america. I'm sorry if this seems harsh or insulting. I know many of you defend the area vigorously. But many of you have no idea how few people feel the way you do.

Anonymous said...

Moving to North Dakota where hospitals are going bankrupt and medical care is failing because of all the uninsured extraction employees, and signing up to work for WalMart. Now that's living the life!
A lot of industries won't relocate to Pa. because of all the publicity related to fracking. Who wants to live in an area where your water supply, clean air, and decent way of life are under the gun?
We are a lot like Appalachia; and you don't see anyone in a hurry to move there.

Anonymous said...

What 10:31 writes here is a sobering summary of the way things are. Those unemployment numbers don't mean much. They actually show the impact of some very temporary layoffs for the holidays by a few larger employees but nobody wants to look into the background on things these day. As for 10:31 comments, we do have assets here but we do a terrible job of marketing them, building upon them, or encouraging our young people to appreciate them. But it's not time to life the Great White Dildine Surrender Flag.