December unemployment up across Philadelphia region

Posted: January 31, 2013

While unemployment generally fell in most of the nation's metropolitan areas, it rose in the Philadelphia area to 8.4 percent in December, up from 8 percent in November and in December 2011, the U.S. Labor Department reported Wednesday.

The Philadelphia area includes Delaware, Cecil County, Maryland and other southern New Jersey counties.

In Philadelphia and surrounding Pennsylvania counties, the unemployment rate rose to 8.1 percent, up from 7.7 percent in November.

In the Camden, Gloucester and Burlington County area, unemployment increased to 9.8 percent, from 9.4 percent in November.

The remaining areas, including Wilmington, rose to 7.3 percent, from 6.7 percent. In December, the national unemployment rate was 7.6 percent.     - Jane M. Von Bergen

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