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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 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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NEW YORK ( — Tens of thousands of low-income workers lost their jobs Thursday as a stimulus-subsidized employment program came to an end.

About a quarter of a million people in 37 states were placed in short-term jobs thanks to a $5 billion boost to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. States used about $1 billion to provide subsidized employment, with the remaining funds going to cash grants, food programs, housing assistance and other aid.

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