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Maryland Adds 10,500 Jobs in December

Since January, Maryland gained 54,600 jobs

BALTIMORE, MD (January 26, 2016) – 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 10,500 total jobs over-the-month. Maryland’s private sector added 10,600 jobs over-the-month. Maryland has recorded jobs gains in eight out of 12 months in 2015. Please note that Maryland’s preliminary jobs estimate for November was revised by BLS from a gain of 3,600 jobs to a loss of 200 jobs.

The Maryland December preliminary unemployment rate dropped by 0.1 percentage point to 5.1 percent from 5.2 percent (November revised).

"We have seen several consecutive, robust quarters and an improving state economy over the past year, and our state is now adding jobs at one of the fastest rates in the entire country," said Governor Hogan. "The addition of 10,500 new jobs in December continues that trend. It is more great news for Marylanders, as we continue to grow the private sector and put people back to work."

"Again, this upward trend in jobs growth shows that Maryland’s economy is improving and stabilizing. It indicates growing confidence in Governor Larry Hogan's economic development policies and the direction Maryland is going in," said Kelly M. Schulz, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor.

According to data released today, the Manufacturing sector gained 300 jobs. (The Durable goods subsector decreased by 100 jobs and the Non-Durable Goods subsector added 400 jobs.) The Trade, Transportation, and Utilities sector added 2,600 jobs. (The Wholesale Trade subsector decreased by 100 jobs, the Retail Trade subsector gained 1,300 jobs and the Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities subsector added 1,400 jobs.)

The Professional and Business Services sector added 900 jobs. (The Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services subsector added 100 jobs and the Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services subsector gained 800 jobs.)

The Education and Health Services sector added 5,000 jobs. (The Educational Services subsector gained 700 jobs and the Health Care and Social Assistance subsector gained 4,300 jobs). Increases Education and Health Services appear to be driven by hospital hiring.

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Employment Situation

Note: Data is spidered in on the DLLR website directly from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) using Datazoa and a slight lag may exist as the database is refreshed.

For immediate access to this month's jobs data please go to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) website.