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Washington, Frederick counties' unemployment rates down

October 29, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

Washington County's unemployment rate improved from 3.6 percent in August to 3.4 percent in September, according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

The number of county residents employed during the survey in September was 68,084.

That's an increase of 82 employed people compared with the August survey.

The county's civilian labor force decreased from 70,576 people in August to 70,480 people in September, according to the labor department.

The statistics match the usual trends from August to September, Western Maryland Job Service Director Shanon Wolf said.

The labor force dropped because students and others working summer jobs left those positions, she said.

The civilian labor force consists of county residents who are working or are looking for work, Wolf said. The number is determined using factors such as unemployment insurance claims and a household survey.

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The number of unemployed county residents decreased by 178 to 2,396 in September, according to the labor department.

The jobless rate in Frederick County, Md., decreased from 2.7 percent in August to 2.5 percent in September.

Statewide, the unemployment rate changed from 4.3 percent in August to 4.1 percent in September, the department said.

Nationally, the unemployment rate remained at 5.4 percent in September, the department said.

The county, state and national unemployment rates noted above are not seasonally adjusted. That means they include changes in employment that are seasonal such as summer jobs, labor officials have said.

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