Number crunching puts York near the top of the list for jobs

If you haven’t already heard or read about it, York County’s unemployment rate in August was 8.1 percent. That rate is lower than both the state and national percentages.

Now, let’s take a look a how many jobs York County has gained or lost in the past year. Some number crunching on my part found that the county gained 2,700 jobs between August 2010 and August 2011.

What does that mean?

Well, that means that in August 2010, the county had 174,300 jobs. Twelve months later, the area was home to 177,000 jobs, a 1.5 percent increase.

Let’s take a look at how York-Hanover Metropolitan Statistical Area ranked along with other areas in terms of the percentage of jobs gained or lost in the past year:

— Lebanon MSA: 2.42 percent increase.
— Altoona MSA: 1.99 percent increase.
— Johnstown MSA: 1.67 percent increase.
— York-Hanover MSA: 1.5 percent increase.
— Reading MSA: 1.5 percent increase.
— Pittsburgh MSA: 1.45 percent increase.
— Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton MSA: 0.84 percent increase.
— Scranton/Wilkes-Barre MSA: 0.83 percent increase.
— Harrisburg-Carlisle MSA: 0.69 percent increase.
— Erie MSA: 0.63 percent increase.
— Philadelphia City: 0.55 percent decrease.
– Philadelphia Metropolitan Division: 0.56 percent decrease.
— Philadelphia MSA: 0.57 percent decrease.
— Lancaster MSA: 1.01 percent decrease.
— State College MSA: 1.07 decrease.
— Willamsport MSA: 1.14 percent decrease.

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