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Maryland Adds 1,400 Private Sector Jobs in December

BALTIMORE, MD (January 24, 2017) – 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 added 900 total jobs over-the-month. The private sector gained 1,400 jobs. Since January of 2015, Maryland's private sector employers have added 66,200 jobs. Maryland has gained a total of 73,000 jobs since January 2015.

Maryland's preliminary December unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.2 percent.

"The addition of 1,400 private sector jobs reflects the Hogan Administration's commitment to making Maryland a more competitive, business-friendly state," said Labor Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. "The Maryland Department of Labor is supporting job creation through the expansion of EARN Maryland to afford businesses the opportunity to create training programs to develop the talent needed to compete and grow."

According to data released today, the Trade, Transportation, and Utilities Sector increased by 3,600 jobs. (Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities subsector increased by 2,500 jobs, the Retail Trade subsector increased by 1,800 jobs and the Wholesale Trade subsector decreased by 700 jobs.) The Leisure and Hospitality Sector increased by 1,300 jobs. (The Accommodation and Food Services subsector increased by 1,500 jobs and the Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation subsector decreased by 200 jobs.) The Information Sector increased by 600 jobs. Other Services Sector increased by 500 jobs.

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Employment Situation

Note: Data is spidered in on the DLLR website directly from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) using Datazoa and a slight lag may exist as the database is refreshed.

For immediate access to this month's jobs data please go to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) website.

Summar J. Goodman
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