By KERRY LYNN FRALEY
After three straight months of decline, Washington County's unemployment rate rose in June, according to state jobless statistics released Friday.
But that doesn't mean fewer county residents are working, according to Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation jobless estimates, which show an increase in employment from 66,726 workers in May to 67,216 workers in June.
State and local officials attributed the rise in the county's unemployment rate - from 4 percent in May to 4.6 percent in June - to seasonal job seekers swelling the available labor pool.
"It's a very, very typical fluctuation. It just means more people are looking than in the past," said Beverly Baccala, Washington County economic development coordinator. "It may even go a little higher in July and August."