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Washington County unemployment up to 8.9 percent in December

January 25, 2013
  • December rates
December rates

Washington County’s unemployment rate rose to 8.9 percent in December, nearly a full percentage point above November’s adjusted rate of 8.1 percent, according to state figures that were released Friday.

The county’s jobless rate was 8.8 percent at the same time last year. It was 10.3 percent in December 2010.

In Washington County, a total of 69,060 people made up the labor force in December, according to the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s website. Of that number, 6,153 were classified as unemployed in December, compared with 5,587 in November.

The national unemployment rate stayed the same at 7.8 percent from November to December, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Washington County’s unemployment rate in December ranked the 20th highest among the 23 counties in Maryland and Baltimore City, according to the DLLR website. Only Baltimore City, and Somerset, Dorchester and Worcester counties were higher.

Worcester County had the highest unemployment rate in December at 16.1 percent. Howard County’s was the lowest at 4.7 percent.

The statewide unemployment rate was 6.7 percent.

In Hagerstown, 19,137 people were part of the workforce in December, according to the DLLR website. Of that number, 17,129 people were employed, compared to 2,008 who were unemployed.

Hagerstown’s December unemployment rate was 10.5 percent, compared to 9.4 percent in November, state figures show.

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