HARRISBURG -The unemployment rate for Clinton County increased six-tenths of a percent to 8.4 percent in June, according to data released Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
The jobless rate reflects an increase of two-tenths of a percent from June a year ago.
Part of the reason for the jump is that Clinton County's labor force has also increased from 19,700 in June 2011 to 20,800 last month, representing a 1,100 increase in the number of available workers. Unemployment went from 1,600 to 1,700 during the same period.
In other words, there are 900 more employed workers this June than there were in June last year - but there are also 100 more unemployed workers this June than there were in June last year.
For the month of June, the U.S.'s rate remained unchanged at 8.2 percent, while Pennsylvania's rate increased one-tenth of a percent to 7.5 percent.
Closer to home, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the Williamsport Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) increased three-tenths of a percentage point to 8.0 percent in June.
In Centre County, the State College Metropolitan Statistical Area's (MSA) seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased three-tenths of a percentage point to 5.8 percent for the month of June.
Among the 14 MSAs in Pennsylvania, unemployment rates ranged from 5.8 percent in the State College MSA to 9.3 percent in the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre MSA.
In other nearby counties, including Tioga, Union, Northumberland, Montour, Columbia, Sullivan and Bradford, the unemployment rates ranging from 6.1 percent in Montour County to 8.7 percent in Northumberland County.
Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in Clinton County were unchanged at 14,400 in June, but showed an increase of 700 from a year ago June.
Also showing increases in Clinton County from June 2011 were private jobs, by 600; goods producing jobs, by 200; and service providing jobs, by 500.
Education and health services showed no increase.