Maryland Adds 4,600 Jobs in May


State has recovered 95 percent of jobs lost in national recession

BALTIMORE, MD (June 21, 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 4,600 total jobs in May. Maryland's private sector added 2,800 jobs over-the-month - to the highest private sector jobs total for May since 2008. Maryland remains a leader in the region for jobs recovery. Working together, we've recovered 95 percent of the jobs lost in the national recession. Four out of five months in 2013 have posted over-the-month job gains. With BLS revision, Maryland's April jobs numbers were revised upward to reflect a drop of 4,900 jobs.

According to the BLS, Maryland's preliminary May unemployment rate increased 0.2 percentage points over-the-month to 6.7 percent. With revision, Maryland's April unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.5 percent.

"The O'Malley-Brown Administration is making better choices that are delivering better results for Maryland's middle class families. At the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation's Division of Workforce Development, every choice we make is about creating jobs, preparing Marylanders to fill those jobs and expanding opportunity," said Maryland Labor Secretary Leonard Howie. "Maryland invests more than almost any state in the nation in our human capital (ranked 2nd) according to The Milken Institute. As a result, the US Chamber of Commerce ranks our state 3rd for our "Talent Pipeline".

In the private sector, the Professional & Business Services sector gained 4,400 jobs; the Administrative & Support Services sub-sector gained 3,000 jobs. The Trade, Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities sector added 2,200 jobs. The Information sector gained 400 jobs and the Leisure & Hospitality sector added a total of 400 jobs.

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

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