Maryland Employment Situation - December 2010


BALTIMORE, MD (1/25/11) - Alexander M. Sanchez, Secretary of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, announced today that Maryland's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held at 7.4% for the fourth consecutive month. During December, just over 6,300 Maryland job-seekers entered or reentered the labor market, 6,073 of whom were able to find employment. Nationally, the numbers of jobseekers were fewer in December, helping to lower the unemployment rate to 9.4%.

"The O'Malley-Brown Administration continues to work with employers to create and preserve jobs," said Secretary Sanchez. "For the seventh consecutive month, jobs totals have been higher than those reported in comparable months in 2009. Additionally, since Maryland's employment level reached its lowest point in February 2010, employers have added 42,500 jobs to industry payrolls. This is a significant improvement over conditions for the same period in 2008 and 2009, which posted job losses of 50,300 and 50,700, respectively."

In December, the count of seasonally adjusted jobs on Maryland's business payrolls decreased by 6,900 on a preliminary basis as compared with November's revised totals. Trade/Transportation/utilities (-2,500: 1,000 in retail trade and 1,400 in transportation) manufacturing (-1,400), and education services (-1,400), were the industries most affected. Several sectors posted increases over-the-month, including information (+100), financial activities (+700), and leisure/hospitality (+700).

A number of factors may well have contributed to this month's figures. Recent growth in both retail trade and transportation, industries which tend to hire part-time employees during the holidays, was greater than normal, causing December's decline to exceed the norm. Additionally, reports from local Unemployment Insurance call centers indicate that nearly 1,400 workers, largely from the manufacturing sector, were affected by one- to two-week holiday shutdowns in December.

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