BALTIMORE, MD (August 18, 2017) – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released state jobs and unemployment data. According to the preliminary survey data, Maryland added 11,500 private sector jobs over-the-month, an increase more than double the national rate of growth. Since January 2015, Maryland has gained 110,800 jobs, with 800 total jobs added from June to July.
“Maryland’s job growth remains strong,” said Maryland Labor Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. “With 1,000 new jobs in manufacturing and continued growth in construction, Maryland’s economic outlook is healthy.”
In July, Maryland’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.0 percent from the June rate of 4.1 percent. The state’s unemployment rate again falls below the national average, which currently stands at 4.3 percent.
According to the data released today, the Education and Health Services sector increased by 9,800 jobs, including 6,900 jobs in the Educational Services subsector and 2,900 jobs in the Health Care and Social Assistance subsector. The Mining, Logging, and Construction sector increased by 2,700 jobs, and the Manufacturing sector added 1,000 jobs. Other sectors that experienced growth in July included the Leisure and Hospitality and Trade, Transportation, and Utilities sectors.
“Manufacturing and construction – along with many other industries – are changing Maryland for the better,” said Schulz. “Their production of goods and creation of new homes, workplaces, and retail are contributing to our economy in practical ways, and providing jobs for Marylanders.”
Maryland’s preliminary jobs estimate for June was revised upward by BLS from a gain of 13,300 to a gain of 16,600 jobs.
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