WASHINGTON COUNTY -- In May, Washington County's unemployment rate was more than 10 percent for the third time in four months, according to state figures released Friday.
The county's May rate was 10.1 percent, according to the state Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation (DLLR).
The rate was 10.0 percent in February and 10.5 percent in March, then dropped to 9.7 percent in April.
In May 2008, the county's unemployment rate was 5.1 percent.
Robin Ferree, deputy director of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission, said the county has had notable jobs cuts and business closings this year, but he wasn't sure if anything major happened in May.
DLLR said the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate last month was 7.2 percent, up four-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month.