The Healthy Way
Unlike other waterproofers in New Jersey, we provide our customers with a streamlined process for all of their waterproofing needs. Our goal is to get to the crux of your home's issues. If we spot signs of water in your basement, we go right to the source of the problem, working hard to fix structural deficiencies to prevent problems like mold growth and foundation damage. We are proud to be New Jersey's one-stop shop for all of your basement waterproofing needs. New Jersey homeowners choose Healthy Way because our experts are friendly, experienced, harworking, and fully certified. We won't rest until your waterproofing problems are solved. Because we specialize in both interior and exterior waterproofing services, you won't have to worry about hiring a laundry list of contractors to correct your moisture problems. Healthy Way provides all-inclusive basement waterproofing in Allentown, it's no surprise that New Jersey residents trust Healthy Way to make their homes more livable every day.
The Healthy Way Difference
At Healthy Way, we strive to set ourselves apart from the competition by offering the best basement waterproofing services in New Jersey. We won't be happy with our work until you are 100% satisfied, whether you need a thorough moisture inspection or a large-scale waterproofing project. Our basement waterproofing experts are certified, trained, and have worked on more than 4,000 repairs. They understand that your moisture problems aren't like anybody else's, which is why all of our waterproofing proposals are created specifically for your home. You won't find any "one-size-fits-all" solutions here, and we wouldn't have it any other way.
- Best warranties in the industry
- Free initial inspection
- Full-service basement waterproofing
- Mold remediation
- Foundation repair
- Water management solutions tailored to your unique situation
Once your basement waterproofing project is complete, we make it a point to keep our staff available to address any questions or concerns you may have. Our goal is your 100% satisfaction, from the moment you call our office to schedule an inspection to the time you sign off on our work.
Waterproofing Services in New Jersey
With more than two decades of experience and a team of fully certified and trained waterproofing professionals, there is no waterproofing project in New Jersey that we can't handle. When not addressed, water and moisture problems can cause serious health risks for your family. We're talking buckling walls, sinking foundations, and even toxic mold. With your home's value and your family's health on the line, you must attack these problems head-on, and the best way to do that is by bringing in the Healthy Way team. Some signs of existing water problems in your home can include:
- Signs of rust or oxidation on metal fixtures
- Mildew residue
- Water stains on your foundation's walls and floors
- Erosion of your concrete
- Mineral deposits found on pipes
- Flooded landscaping after heavy rain or snow
- Pooling water around your foundation's interior
- Humidity levels above 60% in your basement or crawlspace
Basement Waterproofing in Allentown
Healthy Way has been providing the most trusted, effective basement waterproofing in New Jersey since 2007. Waterproofing your basement is crucial to protecting the value of your home and the safety of your family. That is why we only employ the best, brightest, fully-certified experts, who will treat your home like it was their very own. Taking shortcuts just isn't in our nature. We use innovative technology and time-tested techniques to discover and solve your basement's water-related problems.
Because basement wall leaks and water seepage are often caused by structural issues, external waterproofing is required. While some companies only seal the interior walls of your basement, Healthy Way goes the extra mile to fix your water issues inside and out. That way, your basement leaks stop for good.
Once we find the root of the water issues in your basement, we will get to work on a custom-designed solution that will exceed your basement waterproofing needs.
Our basement waterproofing services in New Jersey help prevent the following problems:
- Mold growth, which can cause serious health hazards for your family
- Basement flooding
- Loss of valuables
- Serious water damage to your home's walls and floors
- Decrease in home value
Don't wait to address the moisture developing in your basement - call Healthy Way today for a customized solution to your water seepage problems.
What Causes Moisture in Your Basement?
It's easy to spot water leaking through a crack in your basement, but most homeowners don't know that there is a potential for water issues without heavy rains or obvious signs of standing water. At Healthy Way, we try to educate our clients on the real causes of water in your basement. Here are two of the most common reasons why you might need basement waterproofing in Allentown:
The "Clay Bowl" Effect
It might not be evident on the surface, but many basements are built in a below-grade dip, which is surrounded by backfill. Because backfill is made up of soil that was removed during foundation digging, it creates an empty shape or "bowl" effect. Once the foundation is finished, this loose soil is placed back around the foundation. Unfortunately, soil of this consistency is more absorbent and porous than the undisturbed soil around it, which is hard-packed and less porous. When rain or thunderstorms occurs, the soil closest to your home becomes saturated, putting pressure on your basement walls.
This kind of pressure affects homeowners with property built below the water table or on a hillside where water runs down a hill. When the soil around your foundation becomes saturated, it will expand and put intense pressure on the walls of your foundation and basement. This pressure can create cracks, giving water an easy route into your basement.
How Healthy Way Solves Your Basement Waterproofing Needs
Having a wet basement not only puts your health at risk, it lowers the value of your home and makes it more difficult to sell. The good news? We offer a number of waterproofing services and products to solve your problems fast. A few of our solutions include:
- Sump pumps
- Perimeter drainage systems
- Doorway drainage systems
- High-strength washer hoses
- Floor and wall crack repair
- Replacement windows
- Flood protection for your water heater
When you use Healthy Way for basement waterproofing in New Jersey, you can rest easy knowing that all our systems come with a written, lifetime warranty. This warranty is transferrable, meaning you can re-establish your home's value and give future owners confidence knowing that their new home is protected.
The Healthy Way Basement Waterproofing Process
Because every home is different, your basement waterproofing solution could be vastly different than that of your next-door neighbor. Many factors play a part when it comes to keeping your basement dry and safe for living. As a general rule, we approach each issue with a "prevention over repair" mindset. By taking this stance, we give our clients a more cost-effective, long-term resolution. We're not in the business of putting a "Band-Aid" on your water problem - we want to fix your issue completely, so you don't have to worry about recurring problems. Our effective basement waterproofing systems include a mix of the following strategies:
Interior waterproofing methods usually start with our team ensuring that any holes or cracks in your basement floors, walls, and windows are sealed properly. Sealing cracks in your basement is an important first step since this is usually the first place where water can enter your home. Our sealants keep your basement dry and help prevent more moisture from finding its way into your home. Interior waterproofing strategies like these also help lower humidity levels in your basement. While sealants and other interior waterproofing strategies help correct initial issues, they don't usually solve the underlying problem causing leaks in your basement. Those issues are most often found outside your home.
Once our team is finished with your interior waterproofing, we will move to the exterior of your home. Waterproofing the outside of your home is often a more complex, nuanced goal. Because of the difficult nature of exterior waterproofing, we recommend you consult with our team of professionals before tackling the job on your own. Generally speaking, our team beings the outdoor waterproofing process by excavating the soil around your home's foundation. Once we remove the soil surrounding your foundation, our experts will apply a polymer-based sealant to any cracks we discover. This sealant is a long-term solution and should remain intact for the life of your home. While the Healthy Way team solves your outdoor moisture problems, we will also check your downspouts, to make sure they aren't clogged. An inefficient gutter system does a poor job of directing water away from your home's foundation, which can cause more moisture to seep into your basement over time.
One of the most common reasons that people need basement waterproofing in cityname is because they have a poor drainage system. A proper drainage system is paramount in keeping your basement dry and your family safe. These systems are meant to direct water away from your home and come in many forms, from French Drains to simple systems like ground soil. If you're thinking of installing a complex drainage system, save yourself some time and check the soil around your foundation first to make sure it isn't retaining moisture. If a more complex system like a sump pump is required, it's best to work with certified professionals like those at Healthy Way, to make sure your drainage system is installed correctly.
WHICH WATERPROOFING SOLUTION IS RIGHT FOR ME?
Because every home is different, it's hard to say what kind of waterproofing solution is right for your situation. Most homeowners require a combination of interior and exterior waterproofing. There are dozens of factors that come into play when it comes to waterproofing your home, so the answer to your problem may be different than your neighbor's. The good news is that Healthy Way is fully equipped to handle whatever moisture issue you're having. We will work tirelessly to make certain your basement is dry, mold-free, and safe to enjoy. That way, you can get back to living life rather than worrying about mold growth or foundation damage.Contact Us
GET IT DONE RIGHT, THE FIRST TIME
Other companies may offer temporary or partial solutions. At Healthy Way, we believe in correcting the problem completely, so you save money and have long-term peace of mind. Our goal is to fix your problem to prevent it from coming back, or we won't do the work!
If you require quality basement waterproofing, it all starts with a FREE inspection from our certified waterproofing experts. We will take as much time as you need to find your problem, develop a solution, and walk you through our process step-by-step.
Don't let water leaks and foundation damage create a dangerous environment in your home; contact the experts at Healthy Way today!
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Temperatures to stay frigid through Christmas following storm; N.J. records coldest day in nearly 4 years
New Jersey will see mostly clear skies on Christmas Eve as temperatures remain frigid after a deep freeze and heavy wind gusts ripped through the state Friday, recording the coldest temperature in nearly four years.Temperatures will range from the single digits to the lower 20s Saturday and Sunday, as wind gusts continue to move across New Jersey at u...
New Jersey will see mostly clear skies on Christmas Eve as temperatures remain frigid after a deep freeze and heavy wind gusts ripped through the state Friday, recording the coldest temperature in nearly four years.
Temperatures will range from the single digits to the lower 20s Saturday and Sunday, as wind gusts continue to move across New Jersey at up to 25 to 30 mph, the National Weather Service said.
A wind chill advisory was in effect overnight, with wind chills as low as 15 degrees below zero, but the advisory will end at 10 a.m. today, the agency said.
“The storm that was affecting us yesterday has moved out,” said Cameron Wunderlin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly. “There’s not going to be any significant weather for the weekend other than it being pretty cold and a little breezy.”
A powerful Arctic cold front swept across New Jersey Friday afternoon — sending temperatures tumbling so fast that weather forecasters and public safety officials were warning drivers about rapid icing on the roads.
In some areas of the Garden State, water levels from the heavy rain, brutal winds and high-tide cycle were the highest seen since Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, according to the weather service. The rainfall also caused some flooding in parts of Monmouth and Bergen counties.
The bitter temperatures had power companies asking their customers to reduce their use of electricity through Sunday morning. PJM Interconnection, which operates the electricity grid in 13 states including New Jersey, said demand for electricity had leaped with the cold weather, and could stress the system.
Overnight, the lowest recorded temperature in New Jersey was 7 degrees, the coldest the state has seen since Jan. 31, 2019, according to the National Weather Service.
The morning’s lows were the coldest recorded on Christmas Eve in the region since 1989, but no daily records were matched or broken.
The lowest temperatures on record for Dec. 24 were 4 degrees below zero in Trenton (1983), 1 degree below zero in Atlantic City (1983), 3 degrees in Newark (1983) and 2 degrees in New Brunswick (1989). Saturday morning’s preliminary lows were 5 degrees in Trenton, 8 degrees in Atlantic City, 8 degrees in Newark and 6 degrees in New Brunswick.
Even though no record lows were set, forecasters say there is a possibility some areas of our region could set records later today for the coldest high temperatures on Dec. 24. Newark and Atlantic City would have to remain below 21 degrees to set their records, and Trenton would have to stay below 18 degrees for its record.
UPDATE (DEC. 26): The National Weather Service has confirmed that many cities in our area set new records for their coldest high temperatures ever recorded on Christmas Eve. When averaging out the daily highs and lows from Saturday, it turned out to be the coldest Christmas Eve on record in Allentown, Atlantic City, Newark (tied with 1983) and Philadelphia, and the second coldest Christmas Eve in Trenton. Trenton’s coldest Christmas Eve was recorded in 1983.
After a night of icy streets throughout the state Friday, there will still be some patches of ice on the roadways Saturday.
“Other than those little puddles of ice on the side of the road, there’s not going to be any hazards,” Wunderlin said.
Meteorologists predict a chance of cloudy skies later today, but there will not be enough precipitation for the likelihood of rain.
NJ Advance Media staff writers Camille Furst, Len Melisurgo and Riley Yates contributed to this report.
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Janet Jackson adds 4 new tour dates: Here is how to get tickets
Janet Jackson has announced four new tour dates for her “Together Again” 2023 tour.The new tour dates include April 16 in Hollywood, Florida, ...
Janet Jackson has announced four new tour dates for her “Together Again” 2023 tour.
This tour will celebrate Jackson’s 50-year career alongside all of her biggest hits.
If you are interested in seeing Janet Jackson in 2023, here is how you can get tickets.
Where can I buy tickets to see Janet Jackson?
Tickets for the new “Together Again” tour dates are on sale on Ticketmaster.
However, there are still a number of tickets available on the secondary market.
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A complete list of Janet Jackson’s “Together Again” dates is available here.
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Times of Trenton football postseason honors, 2022: All-Area offense
OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEARWhen the 2022 Times of Trenton area football season started way back in August, most people thought that the Hopewell Valley team was going to go as far as the offense carried it.As it turned out, that was pretty far.The Bulldogs went 10-1 this season, winning a West Jersey Football League Capitol Division title and making a run to a NJSIAA sectional final for the first time since 2013.Senior quarterback Tim McKeown, the Times Area NJSIAA schools Player of the Year, was right at...
OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
When the 2022 Times of Trenton area football season started way back in August, most people thought that the Hopewell Valley team was going to go as far as the offense carried it.
As it turned out, that was pretty far.
The Bulldogs went 10-1 this season, winning a West Jersey Football League Capitol Division title and making a run to a NJSIAA sectional final for the first time since 2013.
Senior quarterback Tim McKeown, the Times Area NJSIAA schools Player of the Year, was right at the center of that rise.
Or under center, as it was.
McKeown put up the best stats among area WJFL quarterbacks, throwing for 1,932 yards and 25 touchdowns (with just three interceptions) and running for another nine scores: he accounted for 34 total touchdowns. His passing prowess also allowed RB Derek Van Brunt to gash teams for 1,299 yards on the ground.
But maybe more importantly, McKeown was always a leader on and off the field for the Bulldogs in his time under center.
“I think we proved tonight we are a legit team,” McKeown said after the final regular season game of the year. “We are not a hit or miss team.”
McKeown had three games of four TD passes or more, with a school record six touchdown passes (and 303 yards) in a 54-19 win over Hamilton West early in the year. But the one game that defined the season for many that watched McKeown play was the South Jersey, Group 3 sectional semifinal. After he threw the final interception of his career late in the fourth quarter against Burlington Township, the Bulldogs’ year looked to be over.
But McKeown never let his head fall, and he led Hopewell down the field on the next drive and threw a touchdown with just second to go to lift his team into the final.
It epitomized McKeown’s year: he just shook everything off and played with a calmness not often seen on the football field.
“My teammates came to me immediately and just told me to pick my head up, that we would go down and score,” McKeown said. “That is what we ended up doing.”
On the prep side of the ball, Hun’s fifth-year QB Marco Lainez one again posted near video game numbers for the 9-0 Raiders.
Lainez was 97-for-125, for 2,182 yards and 23 touchdowns in the air (with just three INTs). He also ran for another 322 yards and five scores.
It is no wonder the University of Iowa came calling for Lainez, who leaves Hun with a record of 21-2, with over 50 TD passes and nearly 5,000 yards passing.
“He is just a warrior,” Hun head coach Todd Smith said. “He is one of the most coachable kids we have ever had. He wants to be great. It doesn’t matter what we do. If we are in the weight room, he is going to be the hardest worker. If we are running sprints, he is going to be the first one done. If we are running up the hill, he is going to be the leader.
“He has just put in hours and hours because he wants to be great. He took a huge step up understanding the game and learning the Xs and Os, breaking down film, and understanding defenses. He was just like having an extra coach on the field this year.”
TEAMS OF THE YEAR
Hopewell Valley went through the WJFL season unbeaten at 8-0, and went 5-0 in the Capitol Division. The team was not dominant in many of its games, but always found a way to win. The Bulldogs then won two games in the NJSIAA South Jersey, Group 3 sectional bracket, before falling in the sectional final 44-7 to Delsea: Hopewell was hoping to become the first area team to win a sectional title since the 2016 Allentown squad.
The season was defined in a five-week stretch after a close 34-32 win over Nottingham, which got the Bulldogs to 5-0. From that point, Hopewell beat Trenton 47-20, Highstown 28-7, Notre Dame 53-21 to wrap up the Capitol, Matawan 34-21 in the first round of the sectional tournament, and picked up that last second victory over Burlington Township, 22-16, to make the sectional final.
As for the prep teams, Hun finished off a second-straight 9-0 season, and the Raiders, under Smith and his talented coaching staff, have now established themselves as the top prep school program in the country. Maybe the most amazing stat for the 2022 year was the rushing yardage allowed by Hun in the nine games.
“To tell you how good this team was, and specifically this defense, we ended the season allowing minus 211 yards rushing for the entire season,” Smith said. “This was without question the best defense I have ever has since I have been here.”
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This year alone, Hun will send 11 players on to play Division 1 football. Maybe even more impressive for the school is that there are so many student-athletes in the program that will go on and play at Ivy League institutions, as well as some of the best academic institutions in the country.
“At the end of the day, our goal is to teach them the work ethic and give them the skills to present themselves with options at the end,” Smith said. “While a lot of that relies on the football field, a good portion relies on what they do in the classroom. We want to keep every door open possible.
“You get a kid like Dante Barone, who has multiple Power 5 offers, and then he decides maybe he does want to go to the Wharton School of Business. For him to have those options is just a credit to how hard our kids work in the classroom.”
Matthew D’Avino, WR, Montgomery, Jr.
Nick Csillan, OL, Notre Dame, Sr.
Jule Dolci, OL, Northern Burlington, Sr.
Brian Ingram, C, Hun, Sr.
Keon Kenner, RB, Pennington, So.
Chris Klotz, WR, Hopewell Valley, So.
Tim McKeown, QB, Hopewell Valley, Sr.
Ronnie McNulty, OL, Nottingham, Sr.
Wyatt Moore, WR, Notre Dame, So.
Kerry Nicholas, RB, Bordentown, Sr.
Clark Norway, RB, Northern Burlington, Sr.
Luke Reilly, OL, Hopewell Valley, Sr.
Kevin Scarborough, K, Notre Dame, Jr.
Michael Schmelzer, QB, Montgomery, Jr.
Matthew Surtz, RB, Robbinsville, Sr.
Liam Thorpe, WR, Hun, So.
Derek Van Brunt, RB, Hopewell Valley, Sr.
ALL-MID-ATLANTIC PREP LEAGUE OFFENSE
Marco Lainez, QB, Hun, Sr.
Kayden White, RB, Hill, Sr.
Dom DeLuzio, RB, Hun, Sr.
Yaneik Gallego, RB Blair, Jr.
Logan Blake, TE, Hun, PG
Liam Thorpe, WR, Hun, So.
Richie Hosein, WR, Blair, PG
Logan Galletta, WR, Hun, Sr.
Zach Aamland, OL, Hun, Sr.
Logan Howland, OL, Hun, Sr.
Cole Morgan, OL, Hun, PG
Billy Antippas, OL, Hill, Jr.
Brian Ingram, OL, Hun, Sr.
Max Elmore, K, Hill, Sr.
2022 Mid-Atlantic Prep League Offensive Player of the Year: Marco Lainez, QB, Hun
WEST JERSEY FOOTBALL LEAGUE CAPITOL DIVISION FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
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WEST JERSEY FOOTBALL LEAGUE VALLEY DIVISION FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
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Power outages persist in Lehigh Valley, Northwest N.J. (UPDATE)
MONDAY UPDATE: As of Monday morning, PPL Electric Utilities had no additional outages in either Lehigh County or Northampton County, according to the company’s latest numbers.Both Lehigh and Northampton County Met-Ed customers were experiencing some power outages on the day after Christmas, according to the company’s outage figures. In Lehigh County, Lynn Township reported 24 of the county’s total 29 customers without electricity. The other five were reported in Weisenberg Township.Northampton County ha...
MONDAY UPDATE: As of Monday morning, PPL Electric Utilities had no additional outages in either Lehigh County or Northampton County, according to the company’s latest numbers.
Both Lehigh and Northampton County Met-Ed customers were experiencing some power outages on the day after Christmas, according to the company’s outage figures. In Lehigh County, Lynn Township reported 24 of the county’s total 29 customers without electricity. The other five were reported in Weisenberg Township.
Northampton County had 80 Met-Ed customers without power, the bulk of which were in the City of Easton, with 31, and Williams Township, with 14. Other municipalities that had five or more outages included Forks Township, Plainfield Township and Palmer Township.
Across the Delaware River in New Jersey, Warren County had only 16 outages on Monday morning, according to Jersey Central Power & Light — eight of which were customers in Harmony Township. Hunterdon County still had 196 outages caused by severe weather. A total of 19 municipalities had some customers in the dark according to the company’s figures on Monday, led by Delaware Township’s 41, Readington Township’s 26, Kingwood Township’s 22 and Raritan Township’s 20.
CHRISTMAS DAY MID-AFTERNOON UPDATE: Just after 3 p.m., PPL Electric Utilities had no more outages in Lehigh County, but 41 PPL customers — including 30 in Plainfield Township — didn’t have power in Northampton County, outage site figures show.
Met-Ed was down to 226 customers without electricity in Northampton County, headed by Moore Township at 100, outage figures said. Upper Mount Bethel Township, which had been a problem over the past two days, was down to just six customers out, Met-Ed said.
Warren County was down to 74 JCP&L customers without power, with Independence Township at 26 the only municipality in double figures. Hunterdon County remained the region’s hardest hit with 669 customers without electricity. Readington Township led the way with 152 customers without power, the FirstEnergy outage site said.
INITIAL REPORTING: More than 1,600 customers remained without electricity Sunday morning in Lehigh, Northampton, Warren and Hunterdon counties, according to power company outage sites.
The number is down from more than 6,700 on Saturday morning.
Allentown-based PPL Electric Utilities had restored most of its customers, with just 40 still out early Sunday in Lehigh County and 35 in Northampton County, its outage site said.
But Ohio-based FirstEnergy — parent company for local operations Met-Ed and JCP&L — was still battling to bring back power to its customers in the area after Friday’s flash freeze and high winds.
Met-Ed at one point had 54,000 customers out across its regional coverage area, but locally, it was down by Sunday morning to 565 in Northampton County and 40 in Lehigh County.
Rural Upper Mount Bethel Township in Northampton County had a majority of the issues, with 320 customers out, followed by also rural Moore Township with 100, Met-Ed’s outage site said.
JCP&L outages in Warren County were narrowed to 126, with Independence Township (26) and Knowlton Township (22) leading the way.
But there were still significant issues in Hunterdon County with 808 customers out, headed by Readington Township at 155 and Kingwood Township at 101, the outage site said.
Met-Ed told residents to be cautious on Sunday if they venture out into the still cold weather.
“Use caution if you must go outdoors today,” Met-Ed warned is a Sunday morning tweet. “Downed or low-hanging power lines could be hidden in storm debris, snow or fallen trees. If you see a downed or low-hanging wire, assume it is energized and dangerous. Stay far away and report it ASAP to 9-1-1.”
And for those still without power — restoration times remain 11 pm. Monday in the Lehigh Valley — Met-Ed said the issues might be close to home.
“As local power lines are repaired and put back in service, damage to individual customer service wires may become apparent,” the power company tweeted. “If your neighbor’s power is on and yours is not, the problem may be isolated to your individual service. If this happens, let us know.”
In those cases, Met-Ed said to call (888) 544-4877 or text OUT to 544487.
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Lehigh Valley unemployment rate is lowest since 2001, even as national jobless claims rise
Pennsylvania has recovered approximately 93.5% of jobs lost at the start of the coronavirus pandemic in spring 2020, according to the November job numbers from state officials.The numbers also show the Lehigh Valley unemployment rate dropped 0.1 of a percentage point from October to 3.9%, the lowest rate the region has experienced since May 2001.The state ...
Pennsylvania has recovered approximately 93.5% of jobs lost at the start of the coronavirus pandemic in spring 2020, according to the November job numbers from state officials.
The numbers also show the Lehigh Valley unemployment rate dropped 0.1 of a percentage point from October to 3.9%, the lowest rate the region has experienced since May 2001.
The state Department of Labor & Industry released the local numbers on Wednesday and noted that the steadying unemployment rates across the state show promise.
Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate remained unchanged for the month, as did the national rate.
The statewide unemployment rate stayed at 4.0% over the month, while the national rate held steady at 3.7%, according to recent data.
Pennsylvania’s estimated number of residents working or looking for work — its civilian labor force — decreased by 5,000 over the month. The employment count decreased by 2,000 (to 6,191,000) and resident unemployment decreased by 3,000 (to 255,000).
The four-week average for new unemployment claims, which smooths out some of the week-to-week volatility, declined by 6,250 from the previous week, to 221,750.
Nationally, the most recent numbers moved in a slightly different direction. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits continued to rise week over week in the last three weeks.
Some 263,000 jobs were created in November, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Analysts surveyed by the data firm FactSet expected the number to come in at 200,000.
Pennsylvania saw a rise in total non-farm jobs by 10,400 over the month to 6,021,800 in November. Total non-farm jobs in the Lehigh Valley decreased 0.1% over the month to 390,300 in November. These figures are adjusted for routine, seasonal changes in employment opportunities like holiday hiring.
The Pennsylvania numbers are encouraging but come with a caveat, state Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Jennifer Berrier said.
“A historically low unemployment rate for two months in a row means that Pennsylvania workers have the ability to be selective in their search for family-sustaining wages and career paths that afford them the ability to pursue their passions,” Berrier said in a statement. “But the flip-side of a low unemployment rate is scarcity of skilled workers for some industries.”
The state defines the Lehigh Valley region as the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ Metropolitan Statistical Area. It includes Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton and Warren counties.
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