Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning


Labor Force and Industry Developments - Monthly Labor Review - April 2013


Maryland Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.5 Percent

Private sector jobs 31,200 above April 2012

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 shed 6,200 total jobs in April, after four consecutive months of job growth. The private sector declined by 8,600 jobs over-the-month. Despite a disappointing month, Maryland has made tremendous progress in job recovery this year. Our state has gained 34,600 total jobs and our private sector employers have added 31,200 jobs since April 2012.

With BLS revision, Maryland's March jobs numbers decreased slightly to show our February to March gain was 2,600 jobs. According to the BLS, Maryland's unemployment rate dropped to 6.5 percent in April. Maryland's March unemployment rate remained unchanged with revision at 6.6 percent.

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates - Maryland and US - 
       April 2012 through April 2013
Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates
Maryland and US
April 2012 through April 2013
Apr 12 6.8% 8.1%
May 6.8% 8.2%
June 6.9% 8.2%
July 7.0% 8.2%
Aug 6.9% 8.1%
Sept 6.9% 7.8%
Oct 6.8% 7.9%
Nov 6.7% 7.8%
Dec 6.7% 7.8%
Jan 13 6.7% 7.9%
Feb 6.6% 7.7%
Mar 6.6% 7.6%
Apr 6.5% 7.5%

"The Maryland Department of Labor remains focused on accelerating hiring and job growth as we continue to recover the jobs lost during the national economic recession," said Maryland Labor Secretary Leonard Howie. "Our investments in skills development and education are helping to put more Marylanders back to work, as we continue to cultivate our best-in-the-nation workforce through innovative, industry-based workforce initiatives such as our Employment Advancement Right Now or EARN program."

In the private sector, the Trade, Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities sector gained 2,300 jobs. Its retail sub-sector added 2,000 jobs, with its wholesale component gaining 400 jobs. The Manufacturing sector gained 600 jobs in the Non-Durable Goods sub-sector. While the Leisure & Hospitality sector saw a net decline, its Arts, Entertainment & Recreation sub-sector gained 700 jobs.

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