BALTIMORE, MD (7/17/09) – Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Secretary
Thomas E. Perez announced that Maryland’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate inched
upward by one tenth of a percentage point to 7.3 percent in June. The national rate
increased by a like one tenth of a percentage point to 9.5 percent in June.
“While Maryland’s unemployment rate remains considerably below the national average,
all too many Marylanders are still being affected by this economic crisis,” Secretary
Perez said. “We will continue to assist in any way possible to help people return to
Maryland employers reported reducing their payrolls by an estimated 1,100 jobs in
June, a significant decrease from the average monthly losses of more than 10,000 jobs
reported in the first few months of the year. While a number of industries contributed
to this overall decline, the rising job counts in the retail trade, professional and
business services, and in leisure and hospitality helped to diminish the largest loss,
3,000 jobs, reported by businesses providing administrative and support services.