Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning


Labor Force and Industry Developments - Monthly Labor Review - December 2014


Maryland Adds 11,000 Jobs in December

Unemployment rate down from 5.6 percent to 5.5 percent

BALTIMORE, MD (January 27, 2015) – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released state jobs and unemployment data earlier today. According to the preliminary survey data, Maryland added 11,000 total jobs over-the-month with 96.4 percent (10,600 jobs) coming from the private sector. Since January 2014, Maryland’s private sector has added 27,900 jobs. The December preliminary unemployment rate was driven down from 5.6 percent to 5.5 percent.

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates - Maryland and US - December 2013 through December 2014
Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates
Maryland and US
December 2013 through December 2014
Dec 13 6.1% 6.7%
Jan 14 5.8% 6.6%
Feb 5.6% 6.7%
Mar 5.6% 6.6%
Apr 5.5% 6.2%
May 5.6% 6.3%
June 5.8% 6.1%
July 6.1% 6.2%
Aug 6.4% 6.1%
Sept 6.3% 5.9%
Oct 6.0% 5.7%
Nov 5.6% 5.8%
Dec 5.5% 5.6%

Maryland’s preliminary jobs estimate for November was revised by BLS from an increase of 3,800 jobs to a gain of 5,000 jobs. Maryland’s November unemployment rate was unchanged with revision, at 5.6 percent.

“I am truly honored and proud to serve as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation where we’re working to make Maryland the best place in America to work and to do business. We’re cultivating a thriving workforce, prepared with the skills needed by Maryland employers for today’s in-demand jobs. We’ve come a long way, but there is still a great deal of work yet to be done." said Maryland Labor Secretary Kelly M. Schulz.

According to the data released today, the Leisure and Hospitality Sector added 4,600 jobs––the most of any sector in December. (The Arts, Entertainment and Recreation subsector added 1,800 jobs. The Accommodation and Food Services subsector gained 2,800 jobs.) The Mining, Logging and Construction Sector added 3,000 jobs in December. The Education and Health Services Sector gained 2,900 jobs. (The Educational Services subsector added 1,300 jobs. The Healthcare and Social Assistance subsector gained 1,600 jobs.) The Trade, Transportation, and Utilities Sector added 600 jobs. (The Wholesale Trade subsector added 700 jobs. The Retail Trade subsector added 900 jobs and the Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities subsector declined by 1,000 jobs.) The Manufacturing Sector added 500 jobs in December, all of which came from the Non-durable Goods subsector.

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