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Maryland labor department reports lowest unemployment rate since COVID-19 pandemic began

September 18th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

Maryland Department of Labor reports that, as of Friday, the state has reached its lowest unemployment rate since the pandemic began. The labor department reports that the unemployment rate decreased to 5.9% in August and Maryland gained 11,900 jobs.  Overall in 2021, officials report the state has gained 65,000 jobs. 

"The professional and business services sector experienced the most growth with an increase of 3,600 jobs," according to a statement. "Other sectors that experienced growth include: education and health services (2,300); trade, transportation, and utilities (1,900); leisure and hospitality (1,700); other services (900); and mining, logging, and construction (600). Manufacturing jobs growth (1,300) is the largest in over a decade."

They also report that 400 jobs were lost in the financial activities sector and 100 jobs in the information sector.