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No change in Washington County unemployment rate for September

October 26, 2012

The Washington County unemployment rate held steady in September, equaling August’s revised rate of 8.6 percent, according to state labor figures released Friday.

Overall, Maryland saw its seasonally adjusted jobless rate drop to 6.9 percent in September from 7.1 percent in August.

The national rate for September dropped to its lowest point of 2012, down to 7.8 percent from 8.1 percent in August, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

The county rate is 1 percent lower compared to a year ago when it was at 9.6 percent in September 2011. Statewide unemployment rate is down 0.2 percent from a year ago.

National unemployment figures have hovered in the 8.1 to 8.3 percent range all year, but the jobless rate of 7.8 percent for September shows a significant improvement over September 2011, when the rate was 9.1 percent.

The county’s labor force dropped by almost 400 from August to September, as did overall jobs from 63,669 in August to 63,356.

The labor force across Maryland rose by almost 8,000 in September and employment opportunities went up by about 11,000 since August.

Nationwide, the number of unemployed decreased by 456,000, to about 12.1 million workers. Approximately 114,000 new jobs were created in September.

According to national figures, business sectors showing job growth were health care, transportation, financial services and real estate. The manufacturing industry was the only major sector to see a decline in September, losing about 13,000 jobs.

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