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Jobless rate down

June 08, 2002|By SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

Washington County's unemployment rate im-proved in April to 5.1 percent, according to preliminary estimates released Friday by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

The county's unemployment rate was 5.7 percent in March.

Job Service Supervisor Bill Kelly, with the labor department's Hagerstown office, said he could not attribute the change to any particular industry or company.

Instead, it probably is a result of general overall hiring throughout the area, he said.

Normally, the number of employees in the construction, retail and landscape industries generally increases during summer months, he said.

The labor force dropped slightly from March to April. There were 71,028 people in the labor force in April, 126 less than in March.

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There were 67,410 people employed in the county in April. That's 337 people more than in March.

The unemployment rate is the result of estimates calculated during the week of April 12, so it reflects a snapshot of how employment was during a brief period in the month.

Frederick County's unemployment rate also decreased, from 3.6 percent in March to 3.3 percent in April, according to the labor department.

Maryland's jobless rate was 5 percent in April, compared with 5.2 percent in March.

Nationally, the unemployment rate in April was 5.7 percent, compared with 6.1 percent in March.

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