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Jobless rate remains steady

October 07, 2002|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

Washington County's unemployment rate improved slightly in August as temporary summer jobs ended, according to the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

The county's unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in August, according to preliminary estimates. The jobless rate in July was 4.1 percent.

"We're happy to see that our unemployment rate is remaining steady," said Tim Troxell, acting executive director of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission.

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The slight dip in the unemployment rate was attributed mainly to temporary workers leaving the labor force at the end of summer, according to the labor department.

Seasonal workers, such as college students, leave their jobs or their jobs end, Troxell said.

The county's labor force shrank by 392 workers in August from 70,823 workers in July, according to the labor department.

The number of people employed decreased from 67,936 people in July to 67,697 people in August. The unemployment rolls also decreased, from 2,887 people in July to 2,734 people in August, according to preliminary estimates.

Frederick County's unemployment rate remained at 2.9 percent in August, according to preliminary estimates.

Frederick County's unemployment rate was tied with Calvert and Talbot counties' rates for the third lowest in August.

Washington County's jobless rate was tied with Caroline County's rate for the eighth lowest in the state. Twelve counties had lower unemployment rates than Washington County, while nine counties and Baltimore City had higher unemployment rates.

The jobless rate ranged from 2.6 percent in Montgomery County to 7.9 percent in Dorchester County on the Eastern Shore.

Maryland's jobless rate remained at 4.2 percent and the nation's unemployment rate decreased from 6 percent to 5.7 percent in August.

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