Carroll's unemployment rate improved one-tenth of 1 percent from August to September, state numbers released Friday show.
The county'sunemployment rate remains below that of the state and nation.
The September rate, the latest month for which numbers are available, was 4.4 percent in Carroll, compared to 4.5 percent in August, numbers from the Maryland Department of Economic and Employment Development show.
A year ago in September, the county's rate was 3.7 percent, DEED reported.
Statewide, the jobless rate dropped from 5.5 percent in August to 5.2 percent in September. A year ago Maryland's rate was 5.1 percent in September.
Nationally, in October, the unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percent to 6.8 percent, the Labor Department reported Friday. (National numbers are one month ahead of state numbers.)
In Carroll, the number of unemployed people decreased from August to September by 73 people, DEED reported. In September, 2,817 people were unemployed, compared to 2,890 in August.
The number of people employed in the county decreased by 88, from 61,657 in August to 61,569 in September.
The county's civilian labor force dropped by 161 people, from 64,547 in August to 64,386 in September, DEED said.
The changes are small and can't be considered evidence of a trend, said Patrick Arnold, director of labor market analysis and information for DEED.
The drop in the state's unemployment rate is attributed to the seasonal factors of students dropping out of the labor force to return to school and teachers returning to work, DEED reported in a press release.
The September jobless rate was thelowest in nearly a year for Maryland, DEED said.
Joblessness was reduced when 9,133 seasonal workers left the labor force. The number of people employed increased by 394, and the number unemployed dropped by 9,527, DEED reported.
"For the third consecutive month, the total number of Marylanders working is higher than it was for the sameperiod one year ago," DEED Secretary Mark L. Wasserman said in a press release. "We are optimistic as we look at this trend as a sign of a strengthening economy."
Claims for unemployment insurance benefits fell by 291 from 21,659 in August to 21,368 in September, the state said. Total unemployment insurance benefits paid out fell from $36 million in August to $34 million in September, DEED said.
The state reported that the unemployment rate increased in three counties in September: Worcester up to 4.8 percent from 3.8 percent; Queen Anne'sup to 5 percent from 4.9 percent; and Garrett up to 8.6 percent from8.5 percent.
Statewide, the number of jobs was down 1.5 percent in September from the same month last year, DEED reported.
The average hourly wage in Maryland rose 12 cents to $12.14 in manufacturing industries from August to September, the state said.