Maryland Employment Situation - September 2009


BALTIMORE, MD (10/21/09) – Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Secretary Alexander M. Sanchez announced Maryland’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly to a preliminary rate of 7.2 percent in September, from a revised 7.1 percent in August. Unemployment in Maryland has not changed substantially since May, and remains well below the national rate, which increased one-tenth of one percent in September to 9.8 percent.

“While we continue to see promising signs of stabilization in the job market, and even improvement in some areas, we still have a lot of work ahead in helping unemployed Marylanders get back to work,” Secretary Sanchez said.

While Maryland employers cut about 3,600 jobs from their business payrolls during September, that is significantly less than the average monthly loss of 4,700 jobs this year through August, adding to signs that the job market is beginning to stabilize. Most notably, there were 1,400 jobs added in the construction sector during September – the first gain in construction employment after 18 consecutive months of declines.

September’s job declines were concentrated primarily in accommodations, professional/ business/scientific services, retail trade and state government.

Maryland’s business payrolls have lost approximately 78,000 jobs and nearly 107,000 people have been added to the state’s unemployment rolls since the recession officially began in December. Maryland’s unemployment rate was 4.6 percent in September 2008.

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