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County jobless rate falls

September 23, 2005

An additional 65 workers were added to Washington County's unemployment rolls in August, bringing the county's unemployment rate to 4.3 percent, as statewide Maryland's unemployment rate fell to the same level, according to data released Thursday by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

On par with where it stood in August 2004, Washington County's unemployment rate climbed from 4.2 percent in July to 4.3 percent last month, as 124 workers were added to the labor force and the county's number of employed workers fell 189 to 65,892. The number of unemployed workers in the county increased 65 to 2,927.

Statewide, the unemployment rate dropped from 4.4 percent to 4.3 percent, up from 4.2 percent in August 2004. The state's seasonally adjusted employment rate reversed those figures, climbing from 4.3 percent in July to 4.4 percent in August and trailing the national unemployment rate of 4.9 percent.

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