6:00 AM EST, January 5, 2013
The unemployment rate in Washington County ticked up from 8 percent in October to 8.1 percent in November as the number of people working and seeking work fell, while the number of unemployed increased, according to preliminary figures released Friday by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.
The number of jobless rose by 100 to 5,620, while the number of people working was down by more than 300 to 63,495, the report said.
The labor force - the combination of people working and seeking work - was down more than 200 to 69,115, the report said. That was the lowest labor force number since April, according to the report.
In Hagerstown, the jobless rate rose from 9.4 percent in October to 9.5 percent in November, the report said. The labor force fell from 19,190 to 19,114; the number working dropped from 17,379 to 17,289 and the unemployment number went up by 14 to 1,811.
Washington County ranked 19th in employment among the state’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. Howard County had the lowest rate at 4.6 percent and Worcester had the highest at 13.9 percent, the report said.
Maryland’s jobless rate was also up in November, going from 6.3 percent to 6.4 percent, the report said. The national unemployment rate in November was 7.8 percent and remained at that level in December, the U.S. Labor Department reported.
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