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Little change in Washington County jobless rate from June to July

August 23, 2013|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
  • Unemployment rates in Washington County from June to July.
By Chad Trovinger, Graphic Artist

Unemployment in Washington County showed little movement from June to July, falling from 8.6 percent to 8.4 percent, even though the number of people working rose by about 800, according to a preliminary report issued Friday by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

The 8.6 percent June rate had been revised upward from the initial 8.5 percent the department reported in late July.

Through the first seven months of 2013, the jobless rate in the county has averaged 8.5 percent, the same as the average for all of 2012, the report said.

The county’s labor force — the number of people working and seeking work — rose by nearly 700 in July, hitting 71,774, according to the report. With 811 more people working, the labor force was up to 65,777, the report said.

The number of people listed as unemployed fell by 118 to 5,997, it said.

One year ago, the July 2012 jobless rate was also 8.4 percent, with little difference in the number of people working or unemployed, the report said.

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In Hagerstown, the rate fell from 9.8 percent to 9.5 percent in July, with the number of people working going up by about 220 to 17,920. The number of jobless dipped by 42 to 1,882, the report said.

The average unemployment in the city for the year has been 9.7 percent, according to state figures.

Washington County ranked 19th for unemployment among the 23 counties in Maryland, with Montgomery the lowest at 5.3 percent, and Somerset County the highest at 10.4 percent, the report said.

Baltimore City’s jobless rate was at 10.8 percent, the report said.

Maryland’s jobless rate for July was 7 percent, down from 7.5 percent in June, the report said.

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