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Maryland March Jobs Report

BALTIMORE, MD (April 21, 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‘s job totals decreased by 7,200 jobs in March. Public sector jobs increased by 300 and the private sector decreased by 7,500 jobs. Maryland’s preliminary jobs estimate for February was revised by BLS from a gain of 11,500 jobs to a gain of 9,500 jobs. Since January 2015, Maryland gained 95,600 jobs.

Two out of three months in 2017 have posted over-the-month job gains. Since March 2016, Maryland has added 44,200 jobs. Maryland businesses created a total of 36,100 jobs over-the-year. Maryland's March unemployment rate is estimated at 4.3%.

"Maryland has gained more than 95,000 jobs since January 2015, and improving the economy and creating good-paying jobs for Marylanders continues to be our focus,” said Maryland Labor Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. “For example, this month, the Maryland Department of Labor announced the first four awards to local community partners selected to receive apprenticeship grants from the Apprenticeship Innovation Fund to help develop the talent pipeline for businesses while providing Marylanders with new avenues to success."

According to the data released today, the Professional and Business Services Sector increased by 2,000 jobs. (The Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services subsector increased by 700 jobs and the Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services subsector increased by 1,300 jobs.) The Education and Health Services Sector increased by 400 jobs. (The Health Care and Social Assistance subsector increased by 1,100 jobs and the Educational Services subsector decreased by 700 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
Director of Constituent Service and Outreach
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