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Lancaster County PA

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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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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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 of layoffs rose because a new factor came into play.

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Recession continues: Lancaster County’s jobless rate increases to 6.4%

June 30, 2011

Since the jobless rate here peaked in February 2010 at 8.1 percent, it’s declined almost every month. Almost. The Lancaster County unemployment rate rose to 6.4 percent in May from April’s 6.3 percent, the state announced Monday. The slight uptick is only the third increase in the local jobless rate since that February spike, according […]

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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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Man fakes unemployment, steals over $13,000 in benefits from the taxpayers

April 8, 2011

He said he was out of a job, collecting more than $13,000 in unemployment benefits. But Patrick Higgins was working as a manager of a fast-food restaurant, according to law enforcement officials. Higgins, 54, of Mallard Drive, is facing charges of insurance fraud, according to a news release from acting Attorney General Bill Ryan. Read […]

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Manheim Township teachers give taxpayers the shaft, refuse to accept pay freeze or cut raises

April 6, 2011

Manheim Township teachers have rejected proposals to freeze their salaries or cut their raises by 50 percent next year to help the school district balance its budget, according to district officials. Manheim Township Education Association notified the school board Friday that it had rejected the requests, which would have saved the district between $500,000 and […]

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