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Maryland Adds 3,600 Private-Sector Jobs in February 2024

BALTIMORE, MD (March 22, 2024) – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released state jobs and unemployment data today. According to the preliminary survey data, Maryland added 3,600 private-sector jobs and the unemployment rate increased to 2.4% in February, the fourth lowest rate in the nation.

Sectors that created jobs include: Private Education and Health Services (2,000); Leisure and Hospitality (1,400); Mining, Logging, and Construction (400); Other Services (300); Information (100); Professional and Business Services (100); and Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (100).

Sectors that experienced a decline include: The public sector (1,800); Financial Activities (600); and Manufacturing (200).

January’s employment growth was revised from a gain of 6,800 total jobs to a gain of 6,000 total jobs. Since the start of the new year (December 2023), Maryland has gained 7,800 jobs. This rate of growth (0.3%) is in line with the national growth.

Note: Data is transferred to the Maryland Department of Labor’s website directly from BLS servers. Our database may be refreshed with a brief lag. For more immediate access to this month's jobs data, please visit the BLS website. 

Please visit the Maryland Department of Labor's website to view the current employment situation.

Jamie Mangrum