Carroll's jobless rate rose from 4.7 percent in October to 5.4 percent in November, throwing almost 500 more people into unemployment lines.
Carroll joined every other Maryland county in experiencing a rise in unemployment, according to November figures released Friday bythe state Department of Economic and Employment Development.
In Carroll, 3,481 people were unemployed, up from 2,987 in October.
The county's civilian labor force, which includes people with jobs and those actively seeking work, increased by 274 people, from 63,918 in October to 64,192 in November.
People hoping to find seasonal holiday jobs may have caused the labor force rise in November, said Patrick Arnold, director of labor market analysis and information for DEED.
The county's jobless rate increase was 0.1 percent higher than the state's.
Carroll "pretty much followed the state trend," Arnold said. "But it's well below the state average."
Maryland'sunemployment rate for November was 6.1 percent, up from 5.5 percent in October, DEED reported. The increase is identical to the one reported at the same time in 1990 and follows a pattern established in other recessionary years, DEED said.
"The unemployment rate, while indicating that the economy is still flat, is reflecting anticipated seasonal changes," DEED
Secretary Mark L. Wasserman said in the release.
The U.S. Labor Department reported Friday that the nation's December jobless rate was 7.1 percent, up from 6.9 percent in November.
(U.S. numbers are one month ahead of state figures.)
In Carroll, people might have re-entered the labor force in November in hope the economy was beginning to improve, Arnold said. These people had not been counted as unemployed because they had stopped looking for jobs.
More likely, though, many of these people began looking for jobs in November because they thought businesses would be hiring for the holidays, he said.
A year ago in November, the county's unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, DEED reported.
Random House Inc., Carroll's largest private employer, laid off about 100 workers in Novemberand December, but they were temporary workers hired to help with theholiday rush. Every year, the company hires workers in July and August to help fill holiday orders, Personnel Director William Gavin said.
"Our Christmas is over by Dec. 1," he said.
Of the 100 temporary workers, half were part-timers, Gavin said. Random House employs about 1,200 people; no regular employees were laid off.