Howard County's unemployment rate rose from 4.0 percent to 4.2 percent from October to November, the smallest increase in the state, according to this month's employment report from the state Department of Employment and Economic Development.
Maryland's overall unemployment rate rose from 5.5 percent in October to 6.1 percent in November.
The national unemployment rate climbed from 6.4 percent to 6.6 percent.
Howard's unemployment for November was about half a percentage point higher than it was a year earlier.
For many months in 1991, the Howard unemployment rate was nearly or more than double what it was in the same month in 1990.
Among Maryland counties, only Montgomery had a lower rate, estimated at 3.5 percent for November.
The highest was Worcester County, home of Ocean City, with 15.1 percent.