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Unemployment rate drops in NEPA

The unemployment rate in Northeastern Pennsylvania went down in September for all the right reasons, an expert says. The Scranton-Wilkes-Barre-Hazleton Metropolitan Statistical Area’s (MSA) seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased two-tenths of a percentage point to 6.1 percent in September. The MSA’s rate was the 15th lowest among Pennsylvania’s 18 MSAs. MSA rates ranged from 3.7 percent in the State College ...

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Local jobless rate holds steady in August

Unemployment among residents of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area held steady in August at 6.3 percent, according to data released Tuesday by the state Department of Labor & Industry. The metro area had the third-highest jobless rate among the state’s 18 metro areas. State College enjoyed the lowest unemployment rate at 3.7 while Johnstown was the highest at 6.8 percent followed by ...

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“Anthracite Fields” wins Pulitzer

As new regulations and lost revenue continue to batter the U.S. coal producers, composer Julie Wolfe drew inspiration from the culture surrounding the struggling industry in her latest piece, Anthricite Fields. Named for a kind of coal mined exclusively in Pennsylvania, the oratorio recently landed the renowned composer a Pulitzer Prize, NPR reports. Combining choir vocals with an instrumental sextet, ...

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It’s good news: Unemployment rate in area is up

The unemployment rate is up slightly, but it turns out to be good news this month. The Scranton-Wilkes-Barre-Hazleton Metropolitan Statistical Area’s (MSA’s) seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased by one-tenth of a percentage point in July to 6.3 percent, after two consecutive months of declines. Luzerne and Schuylkill counties went up two-tenths of a point, while Lackawanna and Carbon counties went ...

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Jobless rate nudges up

Unemployment nudged up slightly for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area in July to 6.3 percent as the region struck an all-time high in total nonfarm jobs. The region hit a record of 266,300 nonfarm jobs in July, besting the past high of 263,900 jobs in the summer of 2007, according to data released Tuesday by the state Department of Labor & Industry. ...

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