First Place's acquisition
WARREN -- First Place Financial Corp. has completed its acquisition of Franklin Bancorp, which is based in Southfield, Mich. Franklin Bank will continue to operate five branches under its name, but Warren-based First Place said it will look to expand in the Detroit area.
Pa. unemployment rates
SHARON, Pa. -- Mercer County's unemployment rate dropped sharply in April. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & amp; Industry said the jobless rate dropped from 5.9 percent in March to 5 percent in April. The number of people holding jobs rose from 54,800 to 55,200 as people returned to seasonal jobs. The number seeking jobs dropped from 3,400 to 2,900.
In Lawrence County, the jobless rate increased went from 7.7 percent in March to 6.8 percent in April. The number of people holding jobs rose from 36,000 in March to 37,200 in April. The number of job seekers went from 3,100 in March to 2,600 in April.
From Vindicator staff reports