County Unemployment Rate Lowest in 40 years


Erie County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate plunged from 4.7 to 4.1 percent in January, the lowest level in more than 40 years.

Meanwhile, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Crawford County fell from 4.6 to 4.1 percent.

In January, as college students go back to class, construction workers take a break because of the weather and business slows down in retail, it’s expected that employment will slow down.

In raw, unadjusted terms, that happened during January as the unadjusted rate climbed from 4.4 percent to 4.7 percent.

The number of people holding down jobs actually climbed by 500 jobs to 122,800. That increase, however, was offset by growth in the civilian labor force, the number of people who are either working or want to work.

While manufacturing employment in Erie County was down 100 jobs from December, employment in that sector is up by 600 jobs over the past 12 months to 19,700.

Manufacturing employment in Crawford County was up 100 jobs over the year to 7,400.