Highest number of jobs on Maryland's payrolls in nearly five years
BALTIMORE, MD (March 18, 2013) - 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 created 6,700 total
jobs in January bringing the monthly jobs total to its highest level in nearly five years. The private sector led
Maryland's job growth creating 8,200 jobs. Private sector advances in the state were broad-based, with most major
industry groups reporting January jobs gains. Maryland has now recovered more than 86 percent of the jobs lost in
the Great Recession.
Following BLS' annual benchmark revisions, December 2012 jobs data was raised by 100 jobs to show Maryland's
November to December gain was 5,300 jobs.
According to the BLS, Maryland's unemployment rate held steady at 6.7 percent in January for the third consecutive
month, 15 percent below the national January rate.
"As we document another month of significant jobs gains, we're pleased that our investments in workforce training
are continuing to pay off. This is the highest number of jobs on Maryland's payrolls in nearly five years," said
Maryland Labor Secretary Leonard Howie. "We look forward to continuing our positive trend as we initiate the
industry-led Maryland Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) program, broadly supported by the Governor, elected
officials and the business community. EARN is a competitive grant program that allocates highly targeted workforce
development resources to leverage economic development goals.
The largest January 2013 private sector gains were in Professional/Business Services, adding 3,700 jobs
over-the-month. Hiring in the Administrative & Support Services subsector, particularly in employment services,
spurred this industry's gains. Among the professional service firms, those providing accounting, tax preparation and
computer systems design services also reported over-the-month jobs gains.
The Natural Resources/Mining/Construction sector saw the second largest over-the-month jobs gain, adding 2,800
jobs. Specialty trade contractors such as HVAC, electrical and plumbing contributed to the monthly gains.
The Educational/Health Care/Social Assistance sector added 2,700 jobs. Advances in the Health Care and Social
Assistance subsector provided the growth in the overall industry. Doctors' offices and home health care services
were among the job gainers.
Secretary Howie will brief the media on the January 2013 jobs report during a conference call at noon today.
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