By KERRY LYNN FRALEY
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.