Washington County's unemployment rate rises in August

September 25, 2009

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Washington County's unemployment rate was 9.9 percent in August, according to figures from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

That was an increase from July, which had an adjusted jobless rate of 9.7 percent.

Suzette Snyder, Western Maryland Labor Exchange Administrator, said she thought the increase in local unemployment from July to August meant businesses were continuing to feel negative economic effects.

"It's just a continuation of what's been going on," Snyder said. "Employers aren't getting the business they expected, new contracts or agreements aren't coming in, sales are down for about everybody in retail."

The increase in unemployment figures in August came after a slight drop from June to July, when Washington County's unemployment rate dropped from 10.4 percent to 9.7 percent.


Snyder said the fact that it rose again in July goes to show small fluctuations in the rate aren't enough to predict a trend.

Washington County's August unemployment rate was higher than the state's August rate of 7.2 percent and the U.S. rate of 9.7 percent.

In August, 6,768 people were out of work in a labor force of 68,063, according to the department's figures. Another 61,295 people had jobs, the figures show.

One year before, in August 2008, Washington County's unemployment rate was 6.0 percent.

-- Heather Keels

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