Md. jobless rate rose slightly in May, to 6.7% State officials cite influx of job seekers

July 03, 1992|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,U.S. Department of LaborStaff Writer

Unemployment in Maryland edged up to 6.7 percent in May, from 6.6 percent the previous month.

Although the number of people with jobs increased, the addition of 12,300 job seekers in May boosted the jobless rate in all areas of the state except the Eastern Shore and most of Southern Maryland.

Mark L. Wasserman, Secretary of the state's Department of Economic and Employment Development, attributed the increase to the "entry of students and other summer job seekers into the labor force, a typical occurrence this time of year."

The state figures are not seasonally adjusted.

The news was disappointing in light of the sharp decline in unemployment to 6.6 percent in April from 7.4 percent in March. May's rate was also significantly higher than the 5.6 jobless rate in May 1991.

"We're continuing our quest for consistency," Mr. Wasserman said. "We are keeping our fingers crossed, praying for three months of consistent progress, but so far we haven't had it. That is some cause for dismay."

Mr. Wasserman saw some positive signs in the May figures. New claims for unemployment insurance fell from 28,718 in April to 21,275 in May. Graduating students usually are not eligible for unemployment benefits.

Another positive sign in the state's economy, Mr. Wasserman said, was the increase in the number of people with jobs.

The number of employed workers increased for the third consecutive month, to nearly 2.43 million, overtaking the pre-recession employment level of 2.42 million in April 1990.

Michael Conte, director of the University of Baltimore's Jacob France Center for Business and Economic Studies, said the Maryland jobless figures were "encouraging and consistent with the pattern of a slow and uneven recovery."

In the Baltimore metropolitan area, the jobless rate rose to 7.6 percent in May from 7.3 percent in April. Within the region, Baltimore's rate rose most, to 10.5 percent from 10 percent.

The jobless rate increased to 6.8 percent from 6.6 percent In Baltimore County; to 6.1 percent from 5.7 to in Anne Arundel County; and to 5 percent from 4.7 percent in Howard County. In Harford, the rate remained unchanged at 7.9 percent. In Carroll County, the jobless rate dipped to 5.7 percent from 5.8 percent.

Garrett County had the highest jobless rate in the state in May at 15.4 percent, up from 11.4 percent in April because of an increase in job seekers and layoffs in manufacturing, state officials said. Montgomery County had the lowest rate in the state at 3.7 percent, up from 3.5 percent in April.

Maryland unemployment

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. May .. .. ..April

U.S. . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... 7.2 .. .. . 7.1

Maryland .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 6.7 .. .. . 6.6

Baltimore area .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 7.6 .. .. . 7.3

Baltimore City .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... 10.5 .. ... 10.0

Anne Arundel .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... 6.1 .. .. . 5.7

Baltimore .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... 6.8 .. .. . 6.6

Carroll .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 5.7 .. .. . 5.8

Harford .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... . 7.9 .. .. . 7.9

Howard .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... 5.0 .. .. . 4.7

Queen Anne's .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... 6.7 .. .. . 7.7

D.C. area .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... 4.9 .. .. . 4.8

Calvert .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 6.5 .. .. . 6.5

Charles .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 6.6 .. .. . 6.3

Frederick .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... 5.7 .. .. . 5.9

Montgomery .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 3.7 .. .. . 3.5

Prince George's .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... 5.7 .. .. . 5.6

Western Maryland .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 10.3 .. .. . 9.7

Allegany .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... 11.4 .. ... 11.5

Garrett .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 15.4 .. ... 11.4

Washington .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 8.5 .. .. . 8.3

Rest of state .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 8.3 .. .. . 8.9

Caroline .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .... .. 8.1 .. .. . 8.8

Cecil .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 9.1 .. .. . 9.5

Dorchester .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 10.7 .. ... 11.4

Kent .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 6.9 .. .. . 7.8

St. Mary's .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 6.5 .. .. . 5.7

Somerset .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... 11.6 .. .. 13.2

Talbot .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... 5.3 .. .. . 5.5

Wicomico .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 9.0 .. .. . 9.8

Worcester .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . . 8.5 .. ... 11.4

NOTE: Figures not seasonally adjusted

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