Maryland Adds 9,700 Jobs in August


Maryland has recovered 100 percent of jobs lost during national recession

BALTIMORE, MD (September 20, 2013) -The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) today released preliminary survey data indicating that Maryland created 9,700 jobs in August. Maryland's private sector added 4,900 jobs over-the-month. Our state has continued making tremendous progress in job recovery this year. Maryland has now recovered 100 percent of the jobs lost in the national recession, and we have posted over-the-month jobs gains in six out of eight months in 2013.

In August, Maryland's preliminary unemployment rate decreased to 7.0 percent and continues to remain below the national rate.

"The O'Malley-Brown Administration is making better choices that are delivering better results for Maryland's middle class families. At the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, every choice we make is about creating jobs, preparing Marylanders to fill those jobs and expanding opportunity," said Maryland Labor Secretary Leonard Howie. "As a result, we've now recovered all the jobs lost during the recession. That's a meaningful milestone that encourages us to continue cultivating our best-in-the-nation workforce through innovative, industry-based workforce initiatives such as our Employment Advancement Right Now or EARN Maryland program that connects Marylanders to jobs by closing critical skills gaps preventing their employment and grows vital sectors of Maryland's ever-changing 21st century economy."

This August posted the highest number of private sector jobs for the month since 2007. The Professional & Business Services sector was the top growth sector in August, adding 3,600 jobs. The administrative & support services subsector gained 2,200 jobs, and the professional, scientific & technical services subsector added 1,600 jobs. The Education, Health Care & Social Assistance sector gained 1,200 jobs.

According to the BLS, Maryland's unemployment rate for July was unchanged with revision, at 7.1 percent. With the BLS August preliminary data release, Maryland's July jobs total was revised to a decline of 9,700 jobs from the originally reported 9,200 jobs decrease.

Secretary Howie will brief the media on the July 2013 jobs report during a conference call at noon today.
Call-in number: 1-(877) 274-9107.

The Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation protects and empowers Marylanders by safeguarding workers, protecting consumers, providing a safety net and cultivating a thriving workforce that can meet the demands of Maryland's dynamic economy. For updates and information, follow DLLR on Twitter (@MD_DLLR), Facebook and visit our website . Get more information on EARN Maryland.

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