Lancaster’s 2.6% unemployment rate is the lowest in all of Pennsylvania; This is where other areas of the center of the state are located

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – No metropolitan area in all of Pennsylvania is as low as Lancaster.

That’s the conclusion of an abc27 analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data for March, the most recent month for which BLS has reported unemployment rates for individual metropolitan areas (as defines the US Census).

The April rate for all of Pennsylvania is now public: 3.4%, half a point lower than the US rate of 3.9% and identical to Pennsylvania’s 3.9% rate in March.

All central Pennsylvania metro areas had rates below the March state average: Lancaster’s 2.6% was closely followed by Gettysburg’s 2.7%, Lebanon’s 2.8%, and Harrisburg-Carlisle, York -Hanover and Chambersburg-Waynesboro, which had rates of 3.0%. (Johnstown and East Stroudsburg, both at 4.1%, had the highest March rates in the state, followed by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton/Hazleton at 4.0%).

“It’s a continuing series of good news for the state’s economy and particularly for state workers,” Steven Herzenberg, an economist and executive director of the Keystone Research Center, a left-leaning think tank, said of the state’s April rate. “We have the strongest economy, from a workers’ perspective, since the 1960s.”

Herzenberg said workers’ wage increases, which have a strong influence on employers because of what he says are only 0.6 available workers for every vacant position, have easily outpaced price increases for the things they buy. Workers. He credited state spending for pandemic-era federal relief, saying the legislature gets “partial credit” for a Pennsylvania that now logs a year with monthly unemployment rates lower than national figures. Previously, Pennsylvania typically lagged behind the country.

Democrats have generally favored spending more money on programs to help Pennsylvanians now; Republicans have generally favored saving more of the money for the next crisis.