August jobless rate rises slightly
By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer
Washington County's unemployment rate rose slightly in August as expected but remained below the state level.
The jobless rate increased to 2.5 percent after holding steady at 2.4 percent during June and July, according to preliminary numbers released by the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Friday.
Employment reductions in August are typical because the seasonal needs of employers subside.
"It seems an inconsequential change. I'm pleased to see a relatively flat unemployment rate," said John Howard, executive director of the Washington County Economic Development Commission.
Washington County's jobless rate began climbing in May after hitting its lowest mark in at least 20 years in April at 2 percent.