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Maryland Gains 11,500 Jobs in February

Since January 2015, Maryland gained 104,800 jobs

BALTIMORE, MD (March 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 11,500 total jobs over-the-month. The private sector added 9,400 jobs. Two months in 2017 have posted over-the-month job gains. Maryland’s preliminary jobs estimate for January was revised by BLS from a gain of 6,700 to a gain of 13,200 jobs.

The unemployment rate held steady at 4.2 percent.

"Since our administration took office, Maryland has gained an astounding 104,800 jobs, with 94,600 jobs coming from our private sector job creators," said Governor Larry Hogan. "These impressive numbers prove that we are making tremendous strides in growing and strengthening our economy, creating good, high-paying jobs, and fostering a business environment that will provide greater opportunity and a better quality of life for all Marylanders."

"Maryland's positive job growth reinforces Governor Hogan's commitment to making jobs and economic development a primary focus," said Maryland Labor Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. "The Maryland Department of Labor recently received federal funding to establish the Apprenticeship Innovation Fund which allows the State to provide incentives for apprenticeship solutions for local businesses -- affording them the ability to create more workforce opportunities."

The Education and Health Services Sector increased by 6,300 jobs. (The Educational Services subsector increased by 4,200 jobs and the Health Care and Social Assistance subsector increased by 2,100 jobs.) The Professional and Business Services Sector increased by 5,900 jobs. (The Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services subsector increased by 5,000 jobs, the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services subsector increased by 1,000 jobs and the Management of Companies and Enterprises subsector decreased by 100 jobs.) The Manufacturing 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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