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Erie's Economy Summer Update

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As of this July, Erie's "Leisure and Hospitality" industry employed 15,500 people.  That is a 4 percent increase from last July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Erie County is 7.3 percent, which is lower than the state's 7.5 percent.

Erie's largest sectors of employment are in the "Health and Education" sector, with 28,000 employed, and "Manufacturing," with about 23,000 employed. "Health and Education" has seen a slight decrease in the number of people employed in the sector, while "Manufacturing" has remained flat.

Although there appear to be more people employed in "Leisure and Hospitality," that doesn't mean Erie has seen more tourism this summer.

Erie's "gem" and biggest tourist draw, Presque Isle, has seen a 5-6 percent drop in visitors from last summer's attendance, according to park managers. That means 130,000 fewer visitors.

But the sunshine and warm weather this August has helped offset the rain earlier this summering, bringing Presque Isle 30,000 more visitors than usual.

The many festivals and celebrations in Erie also helps bring visitors. This weekend is German Fest, and the Tall Ships Festival and the Northeast Wine Festival are coming up in September.

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