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Maryland’s jobs picture improving

October 20th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics has released state jobs and unemployment data.

Compared with September 2014, Maryland jobs are up by 44,700. Maryland has added 28,700 total jobs since January 2015; our private sector gained 22,000 jobs. The September preliminary unemployment rate remained steady at 5.1 percent. 

According to the survey data, Maryland’s preliminary jobs estimate for August remained unchanged with revision reflecting a gain of 2,700 jobs. Maryland‘s job totals decreased by 4,000 in September. Public sector jobs increased by 2,200 and the private sector jobs declined by 6,200 jobs over-the-month.

“Economic development and jobs are a priority for Governor Hogan's Administration as we work to make it easier for families and small businesses to stay in Maryland," said Maryland Labor Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. “The Maryland Department of Labor supports local employers and will continue to foster job creation and invest in skills development to prepare Marylanders for new opportunities." 

According to data released Tuesday, the Leisure and Hospitality sector led private sector growth by adding 2,300 jobs. The Accommodation and Food Services subsector added 2,800 jobs. The Mining, Logging and Construction sector added 1,000 jobs in September.  


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