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Washington Co. jobless rate dips in September

November 03, 2000

Washington Co. jobless rate dips in September



By JULIE E. GREENE / Staff Writer


Washington County's jobless rate dipped slightly in September, a time of the year when the unemployment rate usually rises, a local employment official said.

The county's unemployment rate was 2.4 percent in September, compared with 2.5 percent in August, according to preliminary numbers released Friday by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

The unemployment rate tends to go up in September as people leave their summer jobs and search for winter jobs, said Shanon Wolf, job service director for the Labor Department's Hagerstown office.

This year, employment activity was sustained in retail and food service industries, Wolf said.

New stores in the area are making the difference by keeping and hiring new employees, she said.

The number of employed people in the county decreased from August to September as the civilian labor force shrank.

Washington County's employment rolls dropped from 67,858 to 67,631, while the civilian labor force went from 69,593 people to 69,315 people, according to the state labor department.

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In neighboring Frederick County, the unemployment rate remained steady at 1.9 percent, according to the state labor department.

Statewide, the jobless rate remained at 3.4 percent for the third straight month.

"More Marylanders are working and enjoying greater opportunities as a result of this unprecedented prosperity," Gov. Parris N. Glendening said in a prepared statement.

Nationally, the unemployment rate dropped from 4.1 percent in August to 3.8 percent in September.

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