Unemployment rates down

September 05, 1997


Staff Writer

Washington County's unemployment rate dropped more than half of a percentage point in July, according to jobless statistics released Friday.

The county's unemployment rate fell 0.6 percent - from 4.7 percent in June to 4.1 percent in July - according to Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation jobless estimates.

The drop was expected based on seasonal trends, said Shanon Wolf, manager of the agency's Hagerstown office.

"July, typically, you get a lot of seasonal work in full swing," Wolf said.

There is generally an increased pool of job seekers during the summer months, when school is out and students join the ranks, she said. But that's usually balanced by an increase in seasonal work, including jobs at recreational facilities and outdoor work, like construction and landscaping, Wolf said.

In Washington County, job growth outpaced an increase in the available labor pool, according to state figures.


The county had 68,524 employed workers in July, up 1,379 workers from 67,145 in June, according to state figures.

The county's civilian labor force grew by 1,019 potential workers, from 70,438 people to 71,457 people, during that period.

Frederick County, Md., and the state saw employment patterns similar to Washington County's, according to state figures.

Frederick County's unemployment rate went down 0.2 percent, from 3.6 percent in June to 3.4 percent in July, as the number of employed workers grew from 94,659 workers to 96,028 workers.

Statewide, the rate dropped from 5.1 percent in June to 4.6 percent in July. The number of employed workers grew from 2,677,556 workers to 2,714,300 workers.

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