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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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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.

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The recession, not the recovery, continues.

The jobless rate rose to 9.2 percent in June. There are now 28 million Americans, including yours truly, out of work.

Some expected a better report: those that are living on another planet where there is no Comrade Obama administration. [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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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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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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