CCEP: County unemployment rate shows improvement
LOCK HAVEN — Clinton County Economic Partnership President Mike Flanagan issued the following statement regard the county’s unemployment rate in the month of June:
“Clinton County’s unemployment rate continued to show improvement during the month of June, according to monthly data information released Tuesday by the state Department of Labor & Industry.
The June rate was 10.9%, down from the 11.8% reading in May, and the 16.1% number in April, the first full month of employment figures during the Coronavirus. Clinton County had an estimated 1,900 people unemployed in June, compared to 2,100 in May. In April, 2,800 county residents were unemployed. The June 2019 unemployment rate was 5.2% with an estimated 900 people out of work.
Clinton County’s 10.9% reading in June was the 16th best out of the Commonwealth’s 67 counties. Centre County was first with a reading of 7.8%, while Monroe had the highest at 18.0%. Of the seven neighboring counties, only Centre County and Union County (9.5%) had lower unemployment rates than Clinton. Despite the improvement, Clinton County has had an unemployment rate in double digits for three consecutive months. The last time that happened was in 1995.”
“While showing improvement, we still have around 1,000 residents that had a pre-virus job in February that did not have one in June,” Flanagan said. “We will need to keep an eye on the numbers since the continued unemployment claim numbers went up for a week or two in July and we are having other assistance programs end or soon come to an end.”