Maryland Adds 4,700 Jobs in March


Maryland has now recovered nearly 97 percent of jobs lost in the recession

BALTIMORE, MD (April 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 created 4,700 total jobs in March, marking the fourth consecutive month of job growth. The private sector added 5,100 jobs over-the-month, raising the private sector job total to its highest level since August 2008. Maryland's private sector employers have added just over 38,000 jobs since March 2012. Maryland has now recovered nearly 97 percent of the jobs lost in the recession.

With BLS revision, Maryland's February jobs numbers decreased slightly to show our January-to-February gain was 9,800 jobs.

According to the BLS, Maryland's unemployment rate held at 6.6 percent in March. Maryland's February unemployment rate remained unchanged with revision at 6.6 percent.

"The Maryland Department of Labor is dedicated to breaking down employment barriers for veterans, and I was proud to represent our agency and join first lady Michelle Obama earlier this week, as Governor O'Malley's signed the Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013," said Maryland Labor Secretary Leonard Howie. "It ensures that veterans receive the full credit they deserve for their military training, education, and experience from DLLR's licensing boards and from institutions of higher learning."

In the private sector, the Professional/Business Services sector gained 3,500 jobs, an increase that was supported by hiring in businesses providing administrative and support services. Within this subsector, increased demand for landscaping and tree services helped to promote job generation.

The Natural Resources/Mining/Construction sector remained strong in March, gaining 2,800 jobs. Continued hiring among specialty trade contractors provided the momentum in this business sector. Elsewhere on private sector payrolls, employment in the Education/Health Care/Social Assistance sector gained 1,100 jobs and, in Financial Activities, an upswing in real estate activity contributed to an overall gain of 900 jobs in the sector.

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

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