MACHIAS, Maine — Weather permitting, the Washington County commissioners will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, in the County Commissioners’ Room of the Washington County Courthouse to discuss, among other topics, an application for a federal grant that would fund new computers for use by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
The $11,600 federal Justice Assistance Grant is being offered through the U.S. Justice Department. The funds would be used to purchase three “fully rugged” Dell Latitude laptop computers for the patrol division. The laptops would replace three existing computers that are more than 5 years old.
Also on the agenda for the monthly commissioners’ meeting is the quarterly report of the Machias-based Sunrise County Economic Council. That report notes that the latest statistics from the state’s Labor Center for Workforce Research and Information put Washington County’s unemployment rate for November 2011 at 8.3 percent. That compares with 7 percent statewide and 8.6 percent nationally, and is the highest unemployment rate for any county in Maine.
Those stats also showed that the unemployment rate for the Calais region has dropped from 10.6 percent in August 2011 to 9.8 percent in November 2011. Unemployment is down in the Machias region as well, falling from an August rate of 8.1 percent to a November rate of 7.2 percent. The numbers are not seasonally adjusted, nor do they include those with part-time jobs or those who have given up looking for work.