Washington County’s jobless rate for February was 9.2 percent, an increase from January’s adjusted rate of 9 percent, according to state figures released Friday.
In Washington County, 6,295 members of the labor force were without jobs in February, the Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation website said. The labor force consisted of 68,634 people.
Compared with the other 22 Maryland counties and Baltimore City, Washington County’s unemployment rate was the eighth highest.
It was exceeded by Cecil County at 9.3 percent; Caroline County, 9.4 percent; Wicomico County, 9.7 percent; Baltimore City, 10.3 percent; Dorchester County, 11.9 percent; Somerset County, 11.9 percent, and Worcester County, 16.8 percent.
February’s unemployment rate in Washington County was above the state and national averages, according to state labor statistics.
The unemployment rate in Maryland was 7.1 percent in February, compared with 7 percent in January.
The national unemployment rate in February was 8.3 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Washington County unemployment up in February
Unemployment rates in Washington County, Md. (April 6, 2012)