FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Department of Labor has reported that there was job loss in Franklin County in 2016, but one business official didn't see much job decline at all.
According to preliminary data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor, employers lost a net of 600 jobs in 2016. However, Mike Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corporation says 2016 was one of the best years his company has seen for job growth as a whole. Ross says there was job growth all around the county and growth in every industry sector, including manufacturing, transportation, logistics and health care.
“I think there are developments occurring that are going to be very labor intensive, and it's going to be a matter of being able to have enough people to fill those positions and having the right skillets to fill those positions,” said Ross.
Ross also says the unemployment rate in Franklin County is just around 5 percent, which means the county is at full employment.