For The Tribune-Democrat
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the Johnstown Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) rose one-tenth of a percentage point to 9.0 percent in September.
Prior to this, the MSA’s rate had been below 9.0 percent for 22 consecutive months.
Statewide, the rate rose to 8.2 percent while the U.S. rate dropped three-tenths to 7.8 percent.
Over the year, the local rate gained four-tenths of a percentage point.
Cambria County’s unemployment rate was tied with four other counties for 48th lowest in the state.
The report also stated that the total number of jobs locally rose by 500 over the month, the smallest September increase in the past five years.
The goods-producing industries that include manufacturing, mining and construction fell nominally by September, in line with historic trends.
Job changes among the service-producing industries involved several key industry groups that, according to Ismael Fertenbaugh, industry and business analyst for the Department of Labor and Industry, “rose by 600 in September due to a smaller-than-typical increase in local government jobs (plus 400) combined with a small decline in trade, transportation, and utilities (minus 100) and a large drop in leisure and hospitality jobs (minus 300).”
The employment level in the leisure and hospitality sector will likely get a boost in the coming months as Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Somerset County’s largest private employer, is hiring for full- and part-time workers for the coming ski season, as well as for some year-round positions.
“Currently, we have more than 800 positions available throughout the resort as we prepare for
ski season,” Joe Cummins, director of human resources, said.
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