Report: Lehigh Valley unemployment above national average

Published: Oct 01 2013 06:15:00 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 01 2013 07:15:39 PM EDT

The Lehigh Valley's unemployment rate is increasing for the first time since January.

According to the state Department of Labor and Industry, the valley's seasonally adjusted jobless rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point in August to 7.8 percent.

The state's jobless rate also shot up two-tenths of a point to 7.7 percent.