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Washington Co. jobless rate up slightly in June

August 02, 1998|By DAVE McMILLION

The unemployment rate for Washington County increased slightly between May and June, and officials are attributing the increase to a large number of people looking for a limited number of summer jobs.

The unemployment rate in the county rose from 3.8 percent in May to 4.1 percent in June, according to the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

In May, 2,705 people did not have jobs and in June, 2,960 were jobless, according to the state, and 70,114 were employed in the county in June.

Many people typically looking for summer jobs this time of the year are high school students, college students and retired people, said Bill Kelly, job service supervisor of the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation office in Washington County.

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But while the unemployment rate was up slightly, Kelly pointed out it was lower than the 5.2 percent unemployment rate recorded last year at the same time.

Kelly attributed the positive trend to steady growth in the county's retail and warehousing businesses.

"These are the lowest figures in years. Our unemployment rate has been steadily decreasing," said Kelly.

Neighboring Frederick County had a 2.9 percent jobless rate in June, up slightly from the 2.8 percent logged in May, according to state figures.

Officials said Frederick County's numbers can be attributed to the fact that it is one of Maryland's fastest-growing counties.

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