Cecil County posts 7.2% unemployment rate

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The unemployment rate for Cecil County, Maryland fell to 7.2 percent in May, down slightly from 7.3 percent in May of last year.

The April unemployment rate for Cecil was 8.2%, nearly equal to the May 2011 jobless rate. The figures for counties in Maryland do not include seasonal adjustments, according to the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

The unemployment rate in the summer is usually sharply higher than the May rate.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Maryland’s preliminary May unemployment rate increased 0.2 percentage points over-the-month to 6.7 percent. Maryland’s April unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.5 percent.

Delaware’s unemployment rate has been running in the 7 percent range for a year. Neighboring New Castle County is the source of many jobs for Cecil County residents.

The unemployment rate Cecil has traditionally been higher than in other areas of the state, most notably the area around Washington, D.C.

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