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Jobless rate is steady at 3.7%

November 08, 2003|by JULIE E. GREENE

The unemployment rate in Washington and Frederick counties remained steady from August to September, according to preliminary estimates released Friday by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

Washington County's jobless rate was 3.7 percent and Frederick County's was 2.7 percent.

The number of unemployed Washington County residents seeking a job increased slightly from 2,613 in August to 2,631 in September. The county's civilian labor force also increased, from 70,791 people to 70,967 people, keeping the jobless rate steady.

Washington County's jobless rate also was 3.7 percent in September 2002.

The unemployment rate tends to be steady that time of year as teachers who leave summer jobs keep working when they return to the classroom, said Shanon Wolf, job service director for the Hagerstown office of the Labor Department.

Statewide, the unemployment rate declined slightly from 4.2 percent in August to 4.1 percent in September.

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