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Jobless rate decreases

September 09, 2002|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

Washington County's unemployment rate decreased slightly in July to 4.1 percent, according to preliminary numbers released Friday by the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

The jobless rate was 4.2 percent in June, according to the labor department.

Only 102 people left the county's unemployment rolls from June to July, but 767 people left the labor force during that time period, according to the labor department. The county's labor force decreased from 71,584 people in June to 70,817 people in July.

The labor force typically shrinks in July as people who didn't find summer jobs stop looking, said Shannon Wolf, job service director for Western Maryland.

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The labor force also can decrease because some people only work part of the summer, she said.

The number of people employed in the county also decreased, from 68,581 people in June to 67,916 in July, according to estimates.

There were no significant layoffs in July so the drop must have been across the board, Wolf said.

The unemployment rate for Frederick County, Md., decreased from 3.1 percent in June to 2.9 percent in July.

Maryland's unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in July compared to the national rate of 6 percent. The state's unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in June.

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