Washington County Maryland Unemployemnt Rate Follows State Trend

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Hagerstown Regional Airport surpasses 10,000 enplanements.

The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) announced an increase to Washington County’s unemployment rate for June 2013. The announced 8.5 percent unemployment rate is a 0.4 percent increase from the previous month. The increase follows Maryland’s unemployment rate which up-ticked 0.6 percent.

Even with the slight 0.4 percent increase, Washington County’s year-to-date average unemployment rate is at a four-year low of 8.5 percent according to data through June 2013.

Recently, a key economic driver for Washington County received positive news. The Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR) surpassed the 10,000 enplanements mark for calendar year 2012. The 10,207 passenger boardings at HGR secured a $1 million Federal Aviation Administration entitlement. The funds will help HGR with infrastructure improvements, general upkeep, and safety projects.

Earlier this year the Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA) released a report outlining the significant economic impact HGR has on the County. The report noted that HGR generates over $109.6 million in business revenue and collected over $7.4 million in state and local taxes. The MAA study also revealed that HGR ranked third out of 35 public use airports in the State of Maryland.

Washington County is currently ranked 17th against other Maryland counties in unemployment rates. Maryland’s unemployment rate stands at 7.5 percent, 0.2 percent below the national average of 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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