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Labor Force and Industry Developments - Monthly Labor Review - October 2014


Maryland Adds 3,900 Private Sector Jobs in October

Unemployment rate driven down from 6.3% to 6.0%

BALTIMORE, MD (November 21, 2014) – 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 added 1,400 total jobs over-the-month. The private sector added 3,900 jobs over-the-month. Maryland's private sector has added 12,300 jobs since the start of the year. The October preliminary unemployment rate was driven down from 6.3 percent to 6.0 percent.

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates - Maryland and US - October 2013 through October 2014
Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates
Maryland and US
October 2013 through October 2014
Oct 13 6.4% 7.2%
Nov 6.2% 7.0%
Dec 6.1% 6.7%
Jan 14 5.8% 6.6%
Feb 5.6% 6.7%
Mar 5.6% 6.7%
Apr 5.5% 6.3%
May 5.6% 6.3%
June 5.8% 6.1%
July 6.1% 6.2%
Aug 6.4% 6.1%
Sept 6.3% 5.9%
Oct 6.0% 5.8%

"In Maryland, our people are our greatest asset. At the Maryland Department of Labor, we're proud of our job training initiatives that provide Marylanders with the skills they need to succeed as part of the 21st century workforce. We're doing the things that work to get Marylanders the skills they need to get un-filled, in-demand jobs. By working to expand opportunity we are building a stronger, diverse middle class," said Maryland Labor Secretary Leonard Howie.

According to the data released today, the Professional and Business Services sector added 2,600 jobs --the most of any sector in October. The Administrative and Support Services subsector added 1,900 jobs. The Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services subsector gained 800 jobs. The Trade, Transportation, and Utilities sector gained 1,200 jobs over-the-month. The Retail Trade subsector added 1,600 jobs. The Education and Healthcare Services sector added 1,200 jobs. The Manufacturing sector added 400 jobs.

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