Washington County Maryland Government Announces Decrease in Unemployment Rate

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County’s average unemployment rate at four-year low.

The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) announced a decrease in unemployment rates in Washington County at 8.8 percent for February 2013. This is a 0.6 percent decrease from January data. The decrease follows Maryland data trends which also revealed a 0.3 percent decrease. In months prior, the County jumped 3 spots in the rankings – from 20th to 17th – while increasing the total number of individuals employed to 64,649, up from 62,285 in February 2012.

Currently, Washington County’s average unemployment rate is at a four-year low of 8.6 percent according to data through December 2012.

To further facilitate County economic development opportunities, Washington County Commissioners approved the hire of a project liaison. Slated to start April 15, the project liaison will provide progress reports for projects initiated through the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission (EDC) and serve as a point of contact during the submission, review and permitting phase for commercial economic development projects. The position, created under the December 2012 County Restructuring Plan that saved $117,316 of tax payer funds, will continue to support efforts to provide County residents and businesses with improved communication and customer service.    

During the April 2, 2013, Board meeting, the Commissioners approved the creation of a part-time, temporary strategic plan coordinator position, which will utilize staff, stakeholders and other resources to carry out the planning, implementation and tracking of project initiatives as they relate to accomplishing the goals derived from the Strategic Economic Development Plan (SEDP) outlined by the EDC and the County Board of Commissioners. Application information for this position will be available next week.

Maryland’s unemployment rate stands at 6.9 percent, 0.7 percent below the national average at 7.6 percent according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor statistics.

For more information regarding Washington County workforce and employment data, please contact Washington County Public Relations and Community Affairs at publicaffairs(at)washco-md(dot)net or 240-313-2380.

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About Washington County, Maryland Government
Washington County, Maryland Government strives to fulfill its duty to the citizens of Washington County with regard to operational efficiency, fiscal responsibility, and responsiveness to the needs of the community. This vision is used to ably assist the Board of County Commissioners of Washington County in achieving goals for moving the County forward as present needs and future plans are addressed.

According to the Maryland Department of Legislative Services, the Washington County General Fund has one of the lowest costs per capita for services provided of all 23 counties and Baltimore City. This is attributed to the efficiency, staffing levels, and cost containment exhibited in Washington County Government operations. Visit http://www.washco-md.net for more information.

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