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Washington County's jobless rate up slightly in May

June 27, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- There shouldn't be any cause for alarm after the unemployment rate last month in Washington County jumped four-tenths of a percent to 5 percent, said Timothy R. Troxell, executive director of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission.

The most recent unemployment figures were released earlier this week by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation.

Troxell said the unemployment rate typically increases at this time of year when college students enter the work force to find jobs.

"It's just a normal fluctuation," he said.

In May, 68,992 people made up the labor force in Washington County, an increase of 820 people from the month before, according to the state's Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation. Of those 68,992 people, 65,565 were employed, while 3,427 were not.

In April, 3,119 people were unemployed in Washington County, statistics show. March's unemployment rate of 5.2 percent was the highest so far this year, when 3,565 people didn't have jobs.

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Statistics show the average unemployment rate in the county this year is 4.9 percent.

May's unemployment rate in Washington County was .5 percent below the national average of 5.5 percent, but 1.2 percent above the state's 3.8 percent average, statistics show.

To learn more, visit www.dllr.state.md.us.

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