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Lancaster County

Aren’t things supposed to get better during a recovery?

The unemployment rate here rose for the fourth straight month in August, hitting 7.3 percent, the state said Monday.

With the surge from July’s 6.9 percent, the jobless rate has bounced back to its December level, erasing months of progress. The July-to-August increase is the biggest month-to-month gain since the uptick from January 2009 to February 2009. “It’s not encouraging,” said Bill Sholly, an analyst with the state Department of Labor & Industry.

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The Lancaster County unemployment rate increased in July for the third straight month, hitting 6.9 percent, the state said Monday. By rising from June’s 6.7 percent, the jobless rate hit its highest mark since December, erasing months of progress in the process. The new pattern has deflated the hope that unemployment here would slowly but steadily retreat as the economy strengthened.


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Lancaster County’s jobless rate climbed to 6.7 percent in June, up from May’s 6.4 percent, the state said Monday. The June figure marked the second consecutive month that the jobless rate here grew, the Department of Labor & Industry report showed. Until June, the rate had risen only three times in the last 15 months since peaking during the economic downturn at 8.1 percent in February 2010.

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Manheim Auto Auction continues to lay off more people, more than 120 now idled by company

August 1, 2011

Manheim Auto Auction has had another round of layoffs, as it continues to adjust its work force to a changing industry. The auction idled 28 or 29 employees Tuesday, said Tim VanDam, vice president and general manager. This follows the layoff of 96 workers in June for the same reasons, he said. Read more:

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Manheim Auto Auction lays off 96: helps to keep the recession alive in Lancaster County

July 5, 2011

Layoffs at the Manheim Auto Auction have taken twice as big a toll on its work force as expected. An auction executive said Friday that the Route 72 business recently laid off 96 employees, not the “fewer than 50″ he predicted in early June. Tim VanDam, vice president and general manager, explained that the number [...]

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Jobless rate continues to decline in Lancaster County, but try getting a job

June 1, 2011

The good news: the jobless rate in Lancaster County continues to decline as of April. The bad news: a job is still tough to get, and the majority of jobs added in April where in the seasonal and typically fragile leisure and hospitality sector reflecting the prospects for summer tourism. As I tell my friends, [...]

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Recession continues: local mattress company forced to close factory, retail stores; 45 jobs lost

May 26, 2011

Lemoyne Sleeper is closing its factory and its three company-owned stores, including one here. Shutting its doors locally will be the 834 Plaza Boulevard store, opposite Park City Center. Also closing are its Lemoyne and Lebanon locations, a company spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday. In total, the idling of the factory and stores will result in the [...]

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