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Jobless rate drops in Reading, the Lehigh Valley

Published On: Mar 18 2014 11:45:39 AM EDT   Updated On: Mar 18 2014 07:24:31 PM EDT

Both the Lehigh Valley and Reading are seeing their lowest unemployment rates in years.


The unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest level in years in both the Lehigh Valley and Reading.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, the jobless rate in the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton region fell four tenths of a percentage point to 6.8% in January. That's the lowest it's been since November, 2008.

The report says approximately 2,200 non-farm jobs were added throughout the region in January.


In Reading, the unemployment rate dropped five tenths of a percentage point to 6.4%. That's also the lowest it's been since November, 2008. But the report says the total of seasonally adjusted non-farm jobs dropped by about 300, due to the winter weather.

The Pennsylvania unemployment rate currently sits at 6.4%, and the national rate is at 6.6%.