Maryland Business Adds 6,200 Jobs in June


State has recovered more than 99 percent of jobs lost in national recession

BALTIMORE, MD (July 18, 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 gained 4,300 total jobs in June. Maryland’s private sector added 6,200 jobs—the highest private sector job level for June since 2008. Working together, we’ve recovered more than 99 percent of the jobs lost in the national recession. Five out of six months in 2013 have posted over-the-month job gains. With BLS revision, Maryland’s May jobs numbers were revised upward to reflect a gain of 6,500 jobs.

According to the BLS, Maryland’s preliminary June unemployment rate increased 0.3 percentage points over-the-month to 7 percent. With revision, Maryland’s May unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.7 percent.

“The fact that Maryland has recovered nearly all of the jobs lost during the recession proves that the O’Malley-Brown Administration is making better choices that are delivering better results for Maryland’s middle class families,” said Maryland Labor Secretary Leonard Howie. “The Maryland Department of Labor supports this mission with programs like EARN Maryland, which is designed to create formal career paths to good jobs, reduce barriers to employment and sustain growing middle class jobs.”

In the private sector, the Leisure & Hospitality sector added 3,200 jobs. The Education, Health Care & Social Assistance sector added 1,600 jobs. The Professional & Business Services sector grew by 400 jobs.

In response to the accidental release of the preliminary employment statistics for June 2013, Secretary Leonard Howie will brief the media on the June 2013 jobs report during a conference call this evening at 5:30 p.m. Call-in number: 1-(877)-274-9107.

The Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation protects and empowers Marylanders by safeguarding workers, protecting consumers, providing a safety net and cultivating a thriving workforce that can meet the demands of Maryland's dynamic economy. For updates and information, follow DLLR on Twitter (@MD_DLLR), Facebook and visit our website . Get more information on EARN Maryland.

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