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Washington County unemployment rate increases for second straight month

July 26, 2013|By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com

Washington County’s unemployment rate edged upward in June, the second straight month it has increased, state figures show.

The county’s unemployment rate in June was 8.5 percent, up slightly from 8.1 percent in May, according to statistics released Friday by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

The May numbers were an increase from April, when the unemployment rate was 7.8 percent.

The county’s June unemployment rate is higher than both the state and the national rates.

The state’s unemployment rate rose to 7.5 percent in June, up from a revised figure of 6.9 percent in May. The state’s average unemployment rate for the year is at 6.9 percent.

The national unemployment rate for June was at 7.6 percent.

Hagerstown’s unemployment rate also showed an upward trend in June, moving from a revised rate of 9.3 percent in May to 9.7 percent in June.

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

Washington County’s average unemployment rate for the year is at 8.5 percent through June after starting the year with a 9.4 unemployment rate in January.

The county’s total labor force — which includes those who are employed and those unemployed and looking for work — decreased to 70,989 in June from a revised total of 71,051 in May.

The average labor force for the county is listed at 71,081 workers.

The total number for those employed in the county decreased from a revised figure of 65,308 in May to 64,945 in June, according to the state.

The number of those unemployed and looking for work in the county in June was at 6,044, up from a revised figure of 5,743 in May.

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