Howard County's unemployment rate dropped in September by half a percentage point to 3.8 percent, slightly outpacing a statewide drop from 5.5 to 5.2 percent, according to estimates by the state Department of Economic and Employment Development.
The drop gives the county the state's second-lowest unemployment rate, after Montgomery County,which dropped a tenth of a point to 3.1 percent for September.
Howard County's jobless rate has yet to go as low as it was during the first three quarters of 1990, when it gradually rose from 1.9 to 3.4 percent.
The worst jurisdictions for the state in September were Baltimore City and Western Maryland's Allegany County, which rose to 9 and 8.9 percent unemployment, respectively.
The department's initial estimates for Howard County are frequently adjusted upward as more data become available.
KEYES SPEAKS TO GOP
The Howard County Republican Women's Club will feature Allan Keyes as guest speaker at its annual dinner, 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn at routes1 and 175.
Information and reservations: Sally Boyd, 854-3643; orLillian Mulherin, 465-9370.
LEAF-BAG RULES WAIVED
Because of an early and abundant leaf fall and the shortage of clear plastic bags, the use of rigid plastic containers and opaque heavy-duty leaf bags will be permitted for leaf recycling on the Maple Trail collection route during November and December.
Beginning Jan. 1, the county and its leaf-recycling collection contractor will again accept only see-through bags.
All plastic bags should be left open at the top for easy emptying.