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Jobless rate up slightly

November 01, 2005|by DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ

The unemployment rate in Washington County climbed slightly from August to September, driven by reductions in the civilian labor force and the number of employed workers, according to unemployment data released Thursday by the Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation.

The county's jobless rate increased from 4.2 percent to 4.3 percent in September, as the county's labor force lost 452 workers to rest at 68,557. The number of employed workers fell 464 to 65,632, but the number of unemployed workers, at 2,925, increased by a dozen.

Shanon Wolf, director of the Washington County One-Stop Job Center, said she believes the figures were influenced by the number of younger workers leaving summer jobs to return to college rather than a depression in the job market.

"I would imagine it's mainly the return of students to school," Wolf said.

The county's unemployment rate climbed from 3.8 percent in September 2004, driven by a 1,798 increase in the civilian labor force, a 1,412 increase in the number of employed workers and a 386 increase in the number of workers seeking jobs.

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Statewide, the unemployment rate fell from 4.3 percent to 3.9 percent, where it stood in September 2004. Seasonally adjusted, the state's unemployment rate fell from 4.4 percent to 4.1, below the national unemployment rate of 5.1 percent.

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