Carroll unemployment drops to 6% in April labor force shrinks

June 06, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

Fewer people were actively looking for work between March and April, as Carroll County's unemployment rate dropped from 7 percent to 6 percent in April, Maryland Department of $l Economic and Employment Development officials said Friday.

Many workers who were temporarily laid off during the survey period might not have filed for unemployment insurance, further lowering the rate, officials said. The number of people filing for unemployment insurance fell from 4,787 in March to 4,019 in April.

"It's not uncommon to see what happened in Carroll County," said Mary Jo Knisely of DEED's labor market analysis office. "A lot of the colleges and universities have spring break, which results in temporary layoffs for food service workers and the like.

"Those people leave the labor force because they are only out of work for a week or two."

Employers are always surveyed during the week of the 12th, which was Easter week in April, she said.

Marco Merrick, a DEED public relations officer, said students stopping work early for summer vacations also contributed to a decline in the county's civilian labor force.

The civilian labor force -- the number of Carroll County residents who are working, added to the number of people actively looking for work -- dropped from 68,727 in March to 67,542 in April.

"During this particular month, we did not have the great influx of people in the labor force that we had during the first three months of this year," Mr. Merrick said. "We had record highs the month before in the labor force."

The number of people employed in Carroll County dropped from 63,940 in March to 63,523 in April. However, a separate statewide survey showed that employers are hiring more workers than they did in previous months.

Mr. Merrick said he would know which industries have hired or fired workers after the state-of-the-economy report is released this month.

Statewide, the unemployment rate remained steady at 6.2 percent during March and April.

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