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August jobless rate 3.7 percent

October 04, 2003|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

Washington County's unemployment rate decreased from 4.4 percent to 3.7 percent in August as people left summer jobs, according to preliminary estimates released Friday by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

Students left summer jobs to go back to school in August or to go on vacation before school resumed, said Shanon Wolf, job service director for the Hagerstown office of the Labor Department. Because they are going back to school, students often are not looking for work in Washington County so they have left the local civilian labor force, Wolf said.

The last time the county's unemployment rate was as low as 3.7 percent was in September 2002.

Many seasonal jobs end in August and September, Wolf said.

From July to August this year, 1,440 people left the county labor force. The labor force was 70,655 people in August.

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The number of employed people in the county decreased by 882 workers from 68,934 people in July to 68,052 people in August.

The county's unemployment rolls decreased from 3,161 people in July to 2,603 in August.

The unemployment rate in Frederick County, Md., decreased from 3 percent to 2.6 percent in August. Statewide, the jobless rate was 4.1 percent in August, compared with 4.6 percent in July.

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