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Maryland Gains 4,600 Jobs in May

BALTIMORE (June 15, 2018) – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) today released state jobs and unemployment data. According to the preliminary survey data, Maryland added 4,600 total jobs over-the-month – an increase of 0.2 percent – with notable gains across several sectors, as well as in state and local government. Compared with this time last year, Maryland jobs are up by 12,700, an over-the-year change of 0.5 percent.

Maryland’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.3 percent.

The leading driver in the May jobs gain was the Service-Producing industry sector, with an over-the-month growth of 3,600 jobs. The Goods Producing industry sector posted a gain of 1,000 jobs, while Private Service-Providing posted a gain of 1,200 jobs.

“Maryland’s economy is strong and our businesses are growing,” said Labor Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. “Our goal is full employment in every industry in the state. We encourage anyone – be it a business owner, worker, or a job seeker – to take advantage of our many workforce development services. Learn something new, gain a credential, build your talent pool. The Department of Labor can help you do all that.”

According to the data released today, the Leisure and Hospitality sector posted the highest gains with an increase of 1,300 jobs, all within the Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation subsector. The Professional and Business Services sector increased by 700 jobs across the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, and Management of Companies and Enterprises subsectors.

Other sectors that experienced growth in May include Mining, Logging, and Construction (500 jobs), Manufacturing (500 jobs), and Other Services (200 jobs).

The state’s preliminary jobs estimate for April was revised upward by BLS by 100 jobs.

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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.

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