The region’s unemployment rates improved again in November as the economy continued to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The jobless rates for every county in the Tri-State region were lower in November than they were in October, according to reports from the various states, which released new figures for November and, in some cases, revised numbers for October.
Morgan County, W.Va., had the region’s lowest rate at 3.9%.
Washington County figuresWashington County’s jobless rate fell for the seventh straight month.
The figure soared to 11.4% in April as governments imposed restrictions aimed at stemming the spread of the novel coronavirus, which can cause COVID-19. The rate has been falling each month since.
The county’s tumbled from 6.7% in October to 5.8% in November, according to the Maryland Department of Labor. The rate was 3.3% in November 2019.
Hagerstown’s rate has followed a similar trend. The city’s figure reached 14.1% in April, but it has fallen each month since then, decreasing to 9.6% in October and 8.1% in November. The rate was 4.1% in November 2019.
Maryland’s unemployment rate also fell, from 7.6% in October to 6.6% in November.
According to the preliminary survey data, Maryland added 24,100 jobs in November, the Department of Labor announced in a news release. The Professional and Business Services sector saw the most growth with an increase of 7,200 jobs. The Trade, Transportation and Utilities sector increased by 6,700 jobs, and the Education and Health Services sector swelled by 4,800 jobs.
Among Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions, Carroll County had the lowest November rate, at 4.4%. Worcester County had the highest, at 9.7%.
The rate was 5.4% in Frederick County, 6.6% in Allegany County and 5.4% in Garrett County.
Regional figuresPennsylvania’s unemployment rate dropped from 7.4% in October to 6.6% in November.
Franklin County’s rate dropped from 6.2% to 5.1%, and Fulton County’s rate fell from 9.9% to 5.5%.
West Virginia’s rate declined from 6.4% in October to 6.2% in November.
In Berkeley County, the rate fell from 4.3% to 4.2%.
The rate in Jefferson County, W.Va., rate dropped from 4.1% to 4%, and in Morgan County, W.Va., the rate fell from 4% to 3.9%.