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Maryland Adds 16,400 Jobs in April

Private sector constitutes more than 90 percent of gain

May 27, 2015) – 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 16,400 total jobs over-the-month with 91.4 percent (15,000 jobs) coming from the private sector. This is the largest total jobs gain since the April 2010 increase of 16,500 jobs. Over the year, Maryland’s private sector has added 36,300 jobs. Maryland’s preliminary jobs estimate for March was revised by BLS from a loss of 5,700 jobs to a loss of 7,200 jobs.

The April preliminary unemployment rate dropped from 5.4 percent (March revised) to 5.3 percent.

"Jobs and economic development are the primary focus of my administration," said Governor Larry Hogan. "Today's positive growth reflects the fact that we are headed in the right direction, but it is essential that we work to sustain this trend and create more opportunities for all Marylanders.”

“Maryland employers are creating jobs in our Professional and Business Services and Education and Health Services sectors, as well as in our construction grouping. Our investments in making Maryland more business friendly and customer service oriented are helping to put more Marylanders back to work,” said the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Kelly M. Schulz. “The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation remains sharply focused on job growth.”

According to data released today, the Professional and Business Services sector added 7,800 jobs. (The Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services subsector added 7,600 jobs. The Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services subsector added 400 jobs while the Management of Companies and Enterprises decreased by 200 jobs.) The Mining, Logging and Construction sector gained 2,500 jobs. The Leisure and Hospitality sector gained 3,000 jobs. (The Accommodation and Food Services subsector added 3,900 jobs and the Arts, Entertainment and Recreation subsector decreased by 900 jobs.) The Education and Health Services sector added 2,600 jobs. (The Educational Services subsector gained 1,100 jobs. The Health Care and Social Assistance subsector added 1,500 jobs.)

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