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Washington County’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 8.2%, Lowest Since 2008

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Hagerstown, MD (April 27, 2012) – The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) just released unemployment figures for the month of March indicating the Washington County unemployment rate decreased from 9.3% in February to 8.2%.  This is excellent news for Washington County because this is one of the lowest unemployment figures reported since 2008.  In November of 2011, the unemployment rate was also 8.2%.   

In addition, the DLLR report reveals the following: 

  • The number of people employed increased by 698
  • The number of people unemployed decreased by 780
  • Washington County’s labor force decreased by 82

“Washington County is excited to announce that almost 700 more people are back to work,” said Director of Public Relations and Community Affairs Sarah Lankford Sprecher.  “According to the Economic Development Commission, manufacturing firm Evolve Composites in Hancock has started production and are continuing to hire. Agribusiness Misty Meadow Creamery opened its doors with 6 new jobs, and bakery manufacturing firm Hadley Farms recently announced it is employing 40 additional people for a total workforce of 120.” 

Permits for residential and commercial construction have also increased month over month.  According to the Division of Plan Review and Permitting monthly statistics, March’s permits total 88 versus February’s figures of 55 permits. 

In addition, the DLLR reports that over the past year, the administrative support services sector increased by 12.2%, retail trade sector increased by 6.8%, and the trade, transportation, warehousing, and utilities sector increased by 5.5%. 


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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 the third 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 for more information.


Sarah Lankford Sprecher, Director of Public Relations & Community Affairs
Phone: 240-313-2215

Norman Bassett, Public Information Officer
Phone:   240-313-2077V/TDD

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