Maryland Adds Jobs for Fourth Consecutive Month


Job Growth Year to Date is Highest since 1996

(BALTIMORE, 7/20/10) --- Alexander M. Sanchez, Secretary of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, announced today that Maryland employers added 1,600 jobs to their payrolls during June, marking the fourth consecutive month of business expansion.

This marks the first time Maryland employers have added jobs during the month of June since 2006, and the first month in more than two years that the number of jobs on Maryland payrolls was higher than in the same month a year earlier.

"Since January, Maryland employers have added approximately 40,200 net jobs, the most for a January to June period since 1996. We were able to keep adding jobs during a month when the country as a whole experienced a decline," Governor Martin O'Malley said. "And Maryland's unemployment rate remains about 25 percent below the national average.

"In these tough economic times, we have made the tough choices necessary to create and save jobs, improve conditions for Maryland businesses, and fuel economic progress."

June's unemployment rate in Maryland fell to 7.1 percent - the same rate as a year ago - from 7.3 percent in May, although that was due largely to the fact that about 9,500 people dropped out of the labor force.

Private sector payrolls were the primary sources of job growth during June. Sizeable gains were reported in leisure and hospitality (+5,800), professional and business services (+2,800) and construction (+1,300). The primary decline was in education and health services (-7,000).

"We are seeing consistent improvement in some sectors that were particularly affected by the downturn, such as leisure and hospitality industries and construction, and Maryland was not as impacted as some other states were by the end of temporary positions with the U.S. Census Bureau," Secretary Sanchez said.

Maryland Employment Situation