Maryland Private Sector Adds 10,000 Jobs in September


Maryland outpaces national private sector growth by five times
5,900 additional Marylanders working in September than in August
Third straight month of over-the-year job growth
Labor force grows by 8,300; Unemployment rate increases modestly to 7.4 percent

BALTIMORE, MD (October 21, 2011) - The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics released preliminary data today showing Maryland added 10,000 private sector jobs in September 2011. Maryland's 0.5 percent private sector rate of growth is five times the national 0.1 percent rate. The federal government added 2,100 jobs in Maryland during September and state government added 100. Local government shed 5,400. In all, Maryland added 6,800 non-farm jobs in September - a 0.3 percent rate of growth.

"Maryland's private sector grew five times faster than the rest of the nation's in September, and nearly 5,900 Marylanders who weren't working in August have found jobs. Still, there are signals that Maryland - like all other states - is still in recovery," said Maryland Labor Secretary Alexander M. Sanchez. "We need to continue to invest in our human capital and strengthen our New Economy industries. And we need to support a national effort to create jobs that complements the work we've done inside our borders. We've said throughout our recovery that there will be strong months and soft months. September proved to be one of the stronger months. To recover and prosper in the New Economy, we need to build on that strength."

The largest growth industries during September include Educational, Health Care, Social Assistance (+8,000 jobs, including 5,200 in Health Care); Information (+4,000 jobs); Professional and Business Services (+3,900 jobs); and Natural Resources, Mining, Construction (+1,400 jobs). Growth in the technology industries is partly attributable to Verizon employees returning to work following an August labor dispute. Trade, Transportation, Warehousing, Utilities (-3,000 jobs), Leisure and Hospitality (-1,700 jobs) and Manufacturing (-1,500 jobs) recorded the largest private sector declines.

Since September 2010, Maryland has added 12,300 jobs. Of the 20,000 jobs created in Maryland since January 2011, nearly 95 percent were created by private sector employers.

Compared to August, nearly 5,900 additional Marylanders were employed in September. Growth in Maryland's labor force outpaced employment, causing the state's unemployment rate to inch up modestly 0.1 percentage points to 7.4 percent. Maryland's unemployment rate is still 1.7 percentage points better than the national average.

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