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Unemployment Rate

Lehigh Valley's jobless rate stays flat

Lehigh Valley's jobless rate stays flat

Mathematically speaking, the area's 5.7 percent unemployment rate for May, which equaled April's rate, might seem as sticky as the recent humid weather. But a state labor analyst said Tuesday the numbers behind the percentage are not stagnant. They show the region is moving in the right direction. Lehigh Valley employers increased seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs by 1,300 over April, signaling more people continue to look for work, said Stephen Zellers with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. The seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs increased to 355,800 in May for the four-county region that includes the Lehigh Valley. For the year, jobs in the region were up by...