The unemployment rate in Bucks County has dropped to 3.6% for the month of February, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A student speaks with a hiring manager at a BCCC career fair.

This most recent data seems to indicate this aspect of local economy is performing well, as this is a 12-year low for the county. At the very least, the numbers are slightly better when compared with Pennsylvania and the rest of the nation.

Additionally, Bucks has stronger numbers than most surrounding counties including Northampton (4.3%), Lehigh (4.3%), and Philadelphia (4.9%). Only Montgomery County ranked better at 3.3%.

Pennsylvania added 10,000 jobs in March to bring the total to a record-high of 6,219,000, according to the Department of Labor & Industry. This brought down PA’s unemployment rate to 3.9%, a number not seen since 1976 according to a recent press release.

Nationally, most states showed little to no change and the unemployment rate remained at 3.8%. California, Washington, and Minnesota all had higher unemployment levels for March. Alternatively Ohio, Colorado, Wyoming had significantly lower numbers than last month.