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Washington County’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 8.0%

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Since February of 2012, over 1,000 people are back to work

Hagerstown, MD (May 24, 2012) – The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) just released figures for the month of April indicating the unemployment rate is 8.0%, down from 8.6% in March.  This is excellent news for Washington County because it is the lowest unemployment figure reported since 2008. The DLLR specifies the number of people employed in the County increased by over 300 in April and the administrative support services, retail trade, and the trade, transportation, warehousing, and utilities sectors are showing improvement. 

Back to Work                                                                                                           
“Washington County is excited to announce that since February of 2012, more than 1,000 people are back to work,” said County Commissioner William McKinley.  “We congratulate and thank small and large businesses and look forward to continued progress.”  To view a short video clip of Commissioner McKinley’s comments on unemployment, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aMpFebIOxg.   

The Board of County Commissioners, Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission (EDC) Board and staff report they have made several business visits during the past few months and will continue to take an aggressive approach in developing additional resources and incentives, like the Pad-Ready Site and High Performance Green Buildings programs.  To request a visit from County officials, contact the EDC at edcinfo@hagerstownedc.org or 240-313-2280. 

Permit Activity and Construction Stimulus
Permits for residential and commercial construction have also remained steady.  On Tuesday, the Board of County Commissioners extended the Residential Stimulus Program for another year.  Described as an initiative that waives excise tax fees on new residential family dwellings or additions, the Commissioners are utilizing this program to stimulate the local economy by creating jobs in the construction industry, while providing tax relief for citizens building new homes.

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 cost 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 www.washco-md.net for more information.

CONTACT:
Sarah Lankford Sprecher, Director of Public Relations & Community Affairs
Phone: 240-313-2215
Email: ssprecher@washco-md.net 

Norman Bassett, Public Information Officer
Phone:   240-313-2077V/TDD
Email: nbassett@washco-md.net

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