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Maryland Adds 9,800 Jobs, Unemployment Rate Remains at 3.6%

Over 140,000 New Jobs and 6,500 New Business Establishments Gained Since 2015

BALTIMORE (December 20, 2019) – 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 9,800 jobs in November. During the last four months, Maryland has gained 32,000 jobs, which is the strongest stretch in employment growth since 2010. The unemployment rate remained the same at 3.6%, the lowest since March 2008.

"Our state has gone from losing 100,000 jobs to gaining more than 140,000 jobs, more businesses are open and more people are working than ever before in Maryland history, and we have had one of the biggest economic turnarounds in America," said Governor Larry Hogan. "When I took office, we pledged to make Maryland more business friendly, help our private sector grow, create more jobs, and turn our economy around, and we have been doing exactly what we said we would do."

Last month, the Professional and Business Services sector experienced the most growth with an increase of 4,700 jobs from the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (3,900), Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services (700), and Management of Companies and Enterprises (100) subsectors.

“Thanks to the Hogan administration’s dedication to putting more Marylanders back to work, the state’s unemployment rate has decreased from 5.4% in 2015 to 3.6% in 2019,” said Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson. “Employers are benefiting from the lowest unemployment insurance tax rate possible because of our strong economy, allowing them to create new jobs and opportunities for Maryland’s workforce.”

The Leisure and Hospitality sector increased by 4,200 jobs from the Accommodation and Food Services (2,900) and Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation (1,300) subsectors. Other sectors that experienced growth include: Education and Health Services (900); Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (600); and Mining, Logging, and Construction sector (400).

The Other Services sector decreased by 900 jobs. Other sectors that experienced a decline include: Financial Activities (400), Manufacturing (200) and Information (100).

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Note: Data is transferred to the Maryland Department of Labor’s website directly from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) servers. A slight lag may exist as our database is refreshed. For more immediate access to this month's jobs data, please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) website.

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