Washington County Maryland Unemployment Remains at Four-Year Low

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Waste-to-Energy Initiative to Bring 40-70 New Jobs


The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) announced a 0.2 percent decrease in Washington County’s unemployment rate for July 2013. The announced 8.4 percent unemployment rate is a decrease despite the 0.1 percent increase in Maryland’s unemployment rate.

With the 0.2 percent decrease, Washington County’s year-to-date average unemployment rate remains at a four-year low of 8.5 percent according to data through July 2013.

To continue job growth and economic development in the region, the Board of County Commissioners voted to move forward with a waste-to-renewable energy initiative partnership with America First, Inc., with the potential to create 40-70 new jobs. Also an economic development tool, this waste-to-renewable energy facility will be leveraged to encourage businesses looking for zero-waste communities to locate in Washington County.

Other efforts encouraging workforce development and entrepreneurship include the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission’s support of the Pitch Across Maryland tour. Entrepreneurs and those thinking about starting their own business can pitch business ideas to angel investors on September 25, 2013. A number of educational workshops hosted by local business support organizations from Washington County will be available to the public.

Washington County is currently ranked 19th against other Maryland counties in unemployment rates. Maryland’s unemployment rate stands at 7.1 percent, 0.3 percent below the national average of 7.4 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.

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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