Lehigh Valley's unemployment rate dropped slightly between June and
July, according to figures released this week by the state Department of
Labor and Industry.
region's unemployment rate was at 7.7 percent in July, with 26,000
people out of work, according to L&I data. That's on track with the
rest of the state.
and Northampton counties both saw their unemployment numbers drop in
the last year. In July 2012, the unemployment rate for both counties was
was a great month for job growth with 4,000 private sector jobs added,"
Julia Hearthway, Secretary of the Department of Labor & Industry,
said in a news release. "Pennsylvania has now added 131,100
private-sector jobs since Governor Corbett took office in 2011."
The Lehigh Valley's economy continues to be led by the tourism industry, labor analyst Steven Zellers told the Morning Call Tuesday. Those jobs accounted for 71,000 positions in July, a 20 percent jump from last year.
Lehigh Valley ranked eighth out the state's 21 "workforce investment
areas" in terms of unemployment, the Department of Labor and Industry