Maryland Private Sector Adds 36,600 Jobs Over Past Year


Jobs created in five out of seven months in 2013

BALTIMORE, MD (August 19, 2013) -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's job totals declined by 9,200 in July. Public sector jobs decreased by 4,300 and the private sector declined by 4,900 jobs over-the-month. Still, five out of seven months in 2013 have posted over-the-month job gains. Despite a disappointing month, Maryland has made significant progress in jobs recovery this year. Compared with July 2012, Maryland jobs are up by 39,000. Our private sector employers added 36,600 jobs since July 2012 and now employ the highest number of workers in July since 2008. With BLS revision, Maryland's June jobs total was revised upward to a gain of 5,500 jobs from the originally reported 4,300 jobs increase.

According to the BLS, Maryland's unemployment rate for June was unchanged with revision, at 7.0 percent. The July preliminary rate was estimated to be 7.1 percent.

"While this month's report reflects losses from summer education employment reductions, it also shows that Maryland employers are creating jobs in our manufacturing and healthcare sectors. Our investments in skills development and training are helping to put more Marylanders back to work," said Maryland Labor Secretary Leonard Howie. "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."

In the private sector, the Manufacturing sector added 1,800 jobs in July-the most of any sector. The Nondurable goods producers subsector gained 1,200, and the Durable goods subsector gained 600 jobs. The Education, Health Care & Social Assistance sector gained 1,500 jobs. The Health Care & Social Assistance subsector added 1,900 jobs. The Information sector gained 800 jobs.

Secretary Howie will brief the media on the July 2013 jobs report during a conference call at noon today.
Call-in number: 1-(877) 274-9107.

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