Unemployment ticks up across region

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Unemployment was up slightly in the Lehigh Valley and Berks County.

According to the Center for Workforce Information and Analysis, the Lehigh Valley saw its seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increase one-tenth of a percent to 7.8 percent in August – the first increase since January.

The Berks unemployment rate also increased one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.6 percent in August.

The state rate increased two-tenths of a point over the previous month to 7.7 percent, and the U.S. rate decreased one-tent of a point to 7.3 percent.

The decrease was not in all industries in the Lehigh Valley. According to the center, professional and business services, professional and technical services, health care and social assistance, and accommodation and food services all were at record highs.

Nondurable goods manufacturing, unchanged over the month, remained at its record low.

In Berks, health care and social assistance industries saw a significant increase in employment over the year, up 900 jobs. Leisure and hospitality again set a new record high, at 15,800 jobs.

Stacy Wescoe

Stacy Wescoe

Writer and online editor Stacy Wescoe has her finger on the pulse of the business community in the Greater Lehigh Valley and keeps you up-to-date with technology and trends, plus what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler — and on social media. She can be reached at stacyw@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 104. Follow her on Twitter at @morestacy and on Facebook. Circle Stacy Wescoe on .

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