August 21st, 2012 by WCBC Radio
Maryland's unemployment rate ticked up in July. Figures just released show that the state's jobless rate hit an even 7 percent. That's a tenth of one percent higher than in June and the fourth month in a row that it has increased. And it's despite a net gain in jobs for the state. The Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation reported today that 800 jobs were created last month. The private sector increased by 2,400 while government jobs fell by 1,600. Federal Department of Labor revised the number of jobs lost in June, from 11,000 to 8,100. In all there are just over 215,000 Marylanders unemployed. Governor Martin O'Malley ,in a statement released last week said that the state’s private sector businesses created 2,400 new jobs last month – leading Maryland’s progress in this recovery with 96 percent of the total 22,600 jobs we’ve created over the past 12 months, the best July to July of private sector growth since before the Bush recession. Additionally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics revised their preliminary June jobs report upward by 2,900 jobs. The Governor said while is the employment picture isn’t ideal- its important to not that Maryland is continuing to make significant strides in many areas.