The Schuylkill County unemployment rate dropped to 4.9% in March 2019.
That rate represents a 0.4% drop in the unemployment rate compared to February of this year.
It’s off the 12-month low of 4.5% achieved by Schuylkill County in November 2018. In the last year, the highest the unemployment rate reached is 5.6% in August 2018.
Schuylkill County Unemployment Rate, March 2019
Here’s a look at the 12-month breakdown of the Schuylkill County unemployment rate. These numbers are sorted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. They were last updated on May 1, 2019:
Schuylkill County Unemployment Rate (Last 12 Months)
|Month||Schuylkill Unemployment %|
Although the unemployment rate in Schuylkill County is trending down (in a positive way), it’s still a full percentage point above the Pennsylvania unemployment rate. And the U.S. rate continues to reach record lows.
According to AP today, the national unemployment rate hit another 50-year low, 3.6%. However, the rate may be misleading a tad as it accounts for a record number of people leaving the workforce.
Unemployment Rate Surrounding Schuylkill County - March 2019
|County||Unemployment Rate (March 2019)|
Although the unemployment rate in Schuylkill County is dropping a bit, ours is still higher than many of the counties surrounding us. The table above shows the March 2019 unemployment rate for the 8 counties surrounding Schuylkill.
The highest is in Northumberland County, with 5.4% unemployment. The lowest rates are in Dauphin and Lebanon counties, each a half-percent below the state rate, at 3.4%. Berks County is also below the state unemployment rate, at 3.8%.
The more you go into the coal region, as you can see, the higher the unemployment rates get. Luzerne and Carbon counties also have above 5% unemployment.