Jobless rate falls to 5.3% in Carroll


Carroll and Queen Anne's were the only counties in the Baltimore area where the unemployment rate fell in August, according to data released Friday by the Maryland Department of Economic and Employment Development.

In Carroll, unemployment declined significantly, from 6.1 percent July to 5.3 percent in August, the most recent month for which figures are available.

The number of Carroll residents working or seeking work fell to 67,458 in August from 68,333 in July, and the number of people filing for unemployment insurance fell from 4,190 in July to 3,556 in August.

The number of people working in Carroll County decreased from in July to 63,902 in August.

L In August 1992, Carroll's unemployment rate was 5.4 percent.

An important factor in August's drop in the unemployment rate was the shrinking of the civilian labor force, the number of people working or looking for work, said Marco Merrick, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Economic and Employment Development.

"A lot of folks who are working in July . . . are students," he said. "Many will exit the work force a couple of weeks early to have some vacation before they go back to school."

Mr. Merrick said Western Maryland College and other education-related jobs in Carroll may have accounted for people who filed for unemployment over the summer, but who have returned to work.

For the Baltimore metro area, unemployment rose from 7.8 percent in July to 7.9 percent in August.

The largest metropolitan area increase in unemployment was in Baltimore -- a statewide high of 11.5 percent as compared with 11 percent in July.

Statewide, the jobless rate increased from 6.6 percent in July 1993 to 6.7 percent in August.

In Queen Anne's, the jobless rate fell from 6.1 percent in July to 5.2 percent in August.

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