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Posted: November 28th, 2012
Unemployment rate falls slightly in Erie and Crawford counties

Erie County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.7 percent in October, according to numbers out today from the state Department of Labor & Industry.

The seasonally adjusted rate is the unemployment rate measured against normal employment expectations for a particular time of the year.

The actual raw unemployment rate was considerably better at 7.0 percent.

Meanwhile, Crawford County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 7.7 to 7.6 percent.

Both Erie and Crawford counties posted rates better than Pennsylvania or the nation. Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted rate was 8.1 percent in October. The national unemployment rate is 7.9 percent.

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