Thursday, April 25, 2013
Recent statistics show that Carroll County's unemployment rate is among the lowest in the state.
Unemployment rates for February 2013 released this week show Carroll County down slightly from January, ranking the county eighth in Maryland for the lowest percentage of unemployed residents. About 6.4 percent of Carroll County residents were unemployed in February, down slightly from 6.7 percent in January and 6.8 percent in February of 2012, according to statistics from the Carroll County Department of Economic Development. With 96,013 Carroll County residents in the labor force, 89,877 were employed in February, with 6,136 unemployed, statistics show. From 2000 to 2008 the unemployment rate in Carroll County hovered around 3 percent. In 2009 it jumped to over 6 percent and has remained there. Carroll County, ranked behind Howard (…
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Jonathan Weetman: "I wouldn’t say I am comfortable with the number as long as the number is representative of people who are looking for work not being able to find it."
Carroll County's unemployment rate dropped from 6.5 percent in January to 5.8 percent in April. Jonathan Weetman, administrator of Operations and Small Business Development for Carroll County's Department of Economic Development said that although the number is decreasing, he is not comfortable with it as long as there are people looking for work who can't find it. Weetman said that the national employment rate isn't always representative of what is happening at the local level. There often is not a direct correlation between the national, state, and local numbers month to month, he said. The national unemployment rate is 8.2 percent. The state unemployment rate is 6.5 percent and Carroll County is at 5.8 percent. "I wouldn’t say I am …
Thursday, March 10, 2011
As the U.S. unemployment rate drops for the third straight month, community members discuss whether the recession is really on its way out.
Today's "You Said It!" series asked members of the community this question: Is the economy showing signs it's recovering? The Department of Labor recently announced that employers added 192,000 jobs in February, bringing the unemployment rate down to 8.9 percent. It's the third straight month the unemployment rate has shrunk. The Obama administration says its policies are to thank, while Republicans point to Bush's tax cuts, according to a Washington Post report. Both sides agree that the numbers are proof of progress. So — what do you think? *** See our coverage of Nolly Murray's coffee shop on Main Street closing here. ***