The latest figures from the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) show that the unemployment rate for Northumberland County remained the same from October to November 2012.

DLI reported Thursday that the November unemployment rate was 8.8 percent, which showed no difference when compared to October's 8.8 percent.

The county unemployment rate is above both the seasonably adjusted rates of 7.7 percent nationally and 7.8 percent statewide.

The most recent Northumberland County rate is also the same as it was a year ago at 8.8 percent, but it's lower than it was two years ago at 9.8 percent and three years ago at 10 percent.

The highest unemployment rate of 2012 so far was 9 percent in August, and the lowest rate was 8 percent in March.

Jobless rates in neighboring counties are Montour, 5.9 percent; Juniata, 7 percent; Snyder, 7.3 percent; Dauphin, 7.4 percent; Union, 7.4 percent; Columbia, 7.6 percent; Perry, 7.6 percent; Lycoming, 8.1 percent; and Schuylkill, 9.2 percent.

Most of the neighboring counties decreased in the unemployment rate, and the largest change was Snyder County from 7.7 to 7.3 percent.

Centre County, at 5.7 percent, has the lowest jobless rate in Pennsylvania. Cameron County, at 11.1 percent, has the highest.

There are only five counties in the state at or above a rate of 10 percent.

12 Months of unemployment rates


Nov.: 8.8

Dec.: 8.9


Jan.: 8.4

Feb.: 8.3

March: 8

April: 8,5

May: 8.4

June: 8.7

July: 8.9

Aug: 9

Sept.: 8.7

Oct.: 8.8

Nov.: 8.8