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Jobless rate rises slightly

December 28, 2004|by JULIE E. GREENE

Washington County's unemployment rate increased slightly from October to November, according to the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

The county's jobless rate increased from 3.2 percent in October to 3.3 percent in November, according to preliminary estimates. The county's unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in November 2003.

Basically, there was little movement in the county's labor force and unemployment rate, Western Maryland Job Service Director Shanon Wolf said Monday.

Usually by November's unemployment survey, most seasonal hiring has been completed and it is too early for seasonal shutdowns, Wolf said.

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Washington County's civilian labor force decreased by 77 people to 71,443 people in November, according to the state labor department.

The number of county residents without jobs increased by 64, to 2,379 people, in November, according to the labor department. The number of employed county residents decreased by 141 residents to 69,064 people.

Frederick County, Md.'s unemployment rate remained at 2.4 percent in November, while Maryland's jobless rate increased slightly from 3.8 percent in October to 3.9 percent in November.

These unemployment rates were not seasonally adjusted.

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