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County unemployment remains steady in June

August 03, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

Washington County's unemployment rate remained at 4.4 percent in June, according to preliminary estimates released Friday by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

The county's unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in May and 5.1 percent in April.

"The little activity there was was related to summer hiring," said Shanon Wolf, the job service director of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation's Hagerstown office.

The labor activity came from high school and college students on summer break, she said.

Most of the hiring activity would have been related to recreation businesses or other places that hire summer help, including retail stories, she said.

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The labor force in the county grew from 71,185 in May to 71,883 in June, according to the released estimates.

The number of people employed in the county grew from 68,081 in May to 68,750 in June, according to the estimates.

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

Frederick County's unemployment rate increased from 3 percent in May to 3.2 percent in June, according to the Labor Department.

Maryland's jobless rate was 4.8 percent in June, compared with 4.6 percent in May.

Nationally, the unemployment rate in June was 6 percent, compared with 5.5 percent in May, according to the Labor Department.

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