Employment Situation - September 2010


(BALTIMORE, 10/22/10) --- Alexander M. Sanchez, Secretary of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, announced today that Maryland's non-farm payrolls added approximately 4,800 jobs in September on a preliminary basis as compared with August's revised totals. Maryland has now generated approximately 36,400 net jobs since January, adding jobs at a rate that is slightly more than three times the national growth rate during that period. It is also the largest jobs gain in Maryland for a January-September period since 2000.

"This is the fifth month out of the last seven that Maryland employers have added jobs, which showcases our success in creating and saving jobs in our State under very challenging economic conditions," Secretary Sanchez said. "September's jobs gain is particularly noteworthy in a month when payroll jobs fell on a national basis."

Despite the increases in both payroll jobs and employment of Maryland residents, expansion in the state's labor force caused the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate to rise to 7.5 percent in September from a revised 7.3 percent in August. Nationally, the number of jobseekers was little changed, enabling the national unemployment rate to hold steady at 9.6 percent in September.

September's job growth in Maryland was led by the government sector, with one factor being hiring by community colleges to support new programs. In the private sector, net gains were reported in all components of the professional & business services sector (+3,500), led by administrative support industries, where increased activity was reported in employment agencies. The educational, health care and social assistance sector reported growth of 1,900 jobs.

The principal declines were in trade, transportation and utilities (-2,500) and leisure and hospitality (-4,000).

Over the past year, Maryland has gained a total of 23,600 jobs, for a growth rate of 0.9 percent - three times the national rate. Among the industry sectors showing job gains over the past 12 months are construction, professional and business services; educational, health care and social assistance; and leisure and hospitality.

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