Washington County Shows Low Unemployment, More Jobs


HAGERSTOWN, Md. -  The unemployment rate in Washington County is at a four year low, falling to 6.4 percent in 2014 from 10.9 percent in 2010.

"What that means in numbers is about 600 to 700 more people back to work for every percent," County Commissioner Bill McKinley said. "So we're talking close to 3,000 people working now that weren't working before."

There are also other things happening in the county such as the median household income increasing by 25 percent since 2009. It's now at $54,000.

"That is actually better than the national average median income," McKinley added.

A big contributor towards the success is the county's weekly outreach visits.

"We go to businesses, find out what their needs are and address those needs," said Public Relations Manager James Jenkins. "Finding out what the business climate is like has really helped us develop a policy around that so we can help them grow in the area."

The county has also seen $6.5 million in income tax revenue, and is expected to bring in $2 million more in 2014. This means the county won't need to raise taxes.

"I don't think you can really expect things like this," Jenkins said. "It's a direct result of a lot of hard work that the commissioners have done. It's a result of all the hard work that they've put into it."

"We believe that Washington County is keeping pace with the rest of the state and has even surpassed some of the counties in the state of Maryland," McKinley said. "So I think we are moving in the right direction"

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