July unemployment rate rose to 4.5% in Carroll

September 04, 1994|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Writer

Carroll County was one of three counties in the Baltimore metropolitan area to experience an increase in unemployment during July, state Department of Economic and Employment Development officials reported Friday.

Unemployment rose from 4.1 percent in June to 4.5 percent in July, while the Baltimore area figure dropped from 6.8 percent in June to 6.3 percent in July, said Marco Merrick, DEED spokesman.

Harford and Queen Anne's were the other two counties in the Baltimore area with unemployment rate increases in July, he said.

"Carroll County was one of the unusual ones," Mr. Merrick said. "What we are seeing is some short-term furloughs in manufacturing, coupled with the labor force expanding. You had some summertime workers looking for jobs that could not find them."

Bu,t he said, furloughs usually are temporary.

"Short-term furloughs in manufacturing mean they are put off for a time, but are going back," Mr. Merrick said. "They may already be back to work."

The civilian labor force, the number of people employed added to those actively looking for work, increased from 67,659 people in June to 69,290 in July, state figures showed. Also, the number of people receiving unemployment benefits in Carroll County rose from 2,761 in June to 3,149 in July.

Yet, the number of employed people in Carroll County also rose from 64,898 in June to 66,141 in July.

"July was in very good shape for us as far as clients obtaining positions," said Pamela A. Lindsay, job development coordinator for the county Job Training Partnership Administration (JTPA). "There were good, management-level people returning to the work force."

On the other hand, job placements in August were lower than in the recent past, she said. Official unemployment figures for August will not be available until the end of this month.

"August is a traditional vacation month," Ms. Lindsay said. "Often, employers will wait until after the Labor Day holiday to make hiring decisions.

"I usually see an increase in the number of job openings in September and the early part of October."

Job opportunities are growing in the county, she said. However, often qualifications for the job openings are not the same as the JTPA clients have.

"The job levels are at a different skill level than the people who are looking for work have," Ms. Lindsay said. "There's not a good match or a direct match."

In some cases, JTPA clients are overqualified for the available positions, she said. Other clients will require more training, Ms. Lindsay said.

Statewide, the unemployment rate dropped from 5.6 percent in June to 5.3 percent in July, Mr. Merrick said.

"Across the state, this is the sixth consecutive month we've experienced employment growth," he said. "Even with the expansion in the labor force, we did not see unemployment go up statewide."

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