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Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton unemployment rate slightly up in March

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -  The unemployment rate in our area saw a slight increase in March.

The Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pa.-N.J. Metropolitan Statistical Area’s (MSA) seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.8 percent in March, according to a release from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Center for Workforce Information & Analysis.

Both the state and national rates declined by two-tenths of a point over the month. The state rate was down to 4.8 percent and the U.S. to 4.5 percent, according to the release.

Over the year, the decline in the MSA’s rate matched that of the nation’s. They both decreased one-half of a percentage point, and the state rate fell six-tenths of a point.

According to the release, The A-B-E MSA’s rate was the 11th lowest among Pennsylvania’s 18 MSAs in March. Rates ranged from 3.5 percent in the Gettysburg MSA to 6.1 percent in the Johnstown MSA.


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