Washington County unemployment rate climbs to 8.1 percent in May

June 28, 2013|By KAUSTUV BASU |
By Chad Trovinger/Graphic Designer

Washington County’s unemployment rate in May climbed to 8.1 percent from 7.8 percent in April, according to figures released Friday by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

This is the first time this year that the unemployment rate has ticked up in the county. The rate was at 9.4 percent in January and declined every month until May.

The county’s average unemployment rate in 2013 so far is 8.4 percent, while the 2012 average was 8.5 percent.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Maryland’s preliminary unemployment rate in May increased by 0.2 percentage points to 6.7 percent.

Washington County’s total labor force — a combination of those employed, and those who were unemployed and looking for work — increased in May to 71,080 from 70,727 in April.

The county’s average labor force so far for 2013 is at 71,105.

The number of those employed in the county in May rose to 65,338 from 65,222.

The figure for those who were unemployed and looking for a job in the county rose to 5,742 in May from the previous month’s figure of 5,505.

Hagerstown’s unemployment rate in May also climbed, from 9.2 percent in April to 9.4 percent in May.

The city’s average unemployment rate for 2013 is 9.7 percent.

The May increase for Hagerstown also was the first time that the city’s unemployment rate went up this year.

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