Employment Situation - June 2009


BALTIMORE, MD (7/17/09) – Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Secretary Thomas E. Perez announced that Maryland’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate inched upward by one tenth of a percentage point to 7.3 percent in June. The national rate increased by a like one tenth of a percentage point to 9.5 percent in June.

“While Maryland’s unemployment rate remains considerably below the national average, all too many Marylanders are still being affected by this economic crisis,” Secretary Perez said. “We will continue to assist in any way possible to help people return to the workforce.”

Maryland employers reported reducing their payrolls by an estimated 1,100 jobs in June, a significant decrease from the average monthly losses of more than 10,000 jobs reported in the first few months of the year. While a number of industries contributed to this overall decline, the rising job counts in the retail trade, professional and business services, and in leisure and hospitality helped to diminish the largest loss, 3,000 jobs, reported by businesses providing administrative and support services.

Employment Situation