The unemployment picture in Pike County stood at 9.1%, and in Wayne County, 7.2% in July 2013, according to the center for Workforce Information & Analysis.
Pike's rate was still above the Pennsylvania state-wide average but rated as tied for sixth higher in the state as compared to being in second or third place as it has been in recent years.
The top unemployment figure in July was Philadelphia County, 10.2%, followed by Cameron County, 10.1%; Huntingdon County, 9.5%; Forest County, 9.6% and Monroe County, 9.4%. Sharing Pike's rate was Luzerne, Bradford and Fulton counties. Lackawanna County had an 8.7% jobless rate.
Pike County was higher than the state average of 7.5%; Wayne's jobless figure was lower.
As of July there were 2,400 people unemployed in Pike County, with 415 jobs that were posted online. That equates to 5.78 unemployed persons for every posted job opening (seasonally adjusted).
The total civilian labor force (not seasonally adjusted) for Pike County, Pennsylvania in July, 2013 was 27,200, of which 24,600 were employed and 2,600 were unemployed. The unemployment rate was 9.5% percent.
The number of unemployed, adjusted for the season, stood at 2,600; that was equal to 6.27 unemployed per available job in Pike County. There were only four counties in Pennsylvania with a higher ratio.
On August 29, 2013, there were 150 job advertised online in Pike County.
According to the PA Department of Labor & Industry, on August 29, Lake Greeley Camp LLC was advertising for 70 jobs, the most in Pike County. The next highest was The Home Depot with nine jobs, followed by Staples, Inc. with six.
The average weekly wage for Pike County in 3rd quarter, 2012 was $579. This would be equivalent to $14.48 per hour or $30,108 per year, assuming a 40-hour week worked the year around.
--- Wayne County
In Wayne County, in July there were 1,800 unemployed (seasonally adjusted) and 723 jobs posted online, or 2.19 people unemployed for each opening. The total civilian labor force, not seasonally adjusted, was 28,000, of which 26,200 were employed and 1,800 unemployed. The unemployment rate was 6.5%.
As of August 29 in Wayne, Camp Lohikan had the highest number of online job postings, 113; Highgate Hotels LLC was next, 23, followed by Sears Holding Corporation, 21. There were 330 jobs posted online as of that date in Wayne County.
The average weekly wage for Wayne County in the 3rd quarter, 2012 was $618. This equates to $15.45 per year or $32,136 per year, assuming a 40-hour work week year-round.