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Unemployment holds steady in August

October 14, 2006|by ERIN JULIUS

WASHINGTON COUNTY - Washington County's unemployment rate held steady in August, remaining at July's rate of 4.6 percent, according to figures released by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

In August 2005, Washington County's unemployment rate was 4 percent.

Maryland's unemployment rate dropped from 4.5 percent in July to 4.1 percent in August,

Since August 2005, the number of employed Maryland residents has grown by 55,000 people, a rate of 1.9 percent. The national rate is 1.5 percent.

Employers added 1,000 jobs during the month of August, raising the total number of jobs to 2,583,400.

One of Washington County's largest employers, Citicorp Credit Services, Inc., held a job fair Tuesday, which was well attended, said Phil Kelly, a spokesman for Citicorp.

The local center has some space available and wants to fill 200 positions, Kelly said.

Even though the unemployment rate is low, Kelly said he thought the labor market was still "healthy" and Citicorp will be able to fill all the positions, although "it is a challenge to attract the number of people we need."

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He said that about 40 percent of Citicorp's work force hails from Washington County, with another 40 percent coming from Pennsylvania.

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