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Jobs in Maryland Increase

Even though the state’s unemployment rate slightly increased, those looking for a job in Maryland last month may have had better luck, as more jobs were added.

During July, the state saw its unemployment rate increase from 7.2 percent to 7.3 percent, which is lower than the national unemployment rate of 9.4 percent. Maryland hasn’t seen its unemployment rate decrease since April, when it went from 6.9 percent to 6.8 percent.

Maryland had a total non-farm employment of 2,551,700 workers during July, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is up from 2,541,700 workers during June, but a 1.9 percent decrease from last year.

Four industries managed to add jobs when compared to last year, with the education and health services industry seeing the biggest increase. That industry employed 393,000 workers during July, up from 390,800 workers during June and a 2.6 percent increase from last year.

Other industries that saw an increase in jobs on an over-the-year basis include:

  • leisure and hospitality by 1.3 percent
  • other services by 1.1 percent
  • government by 1.3 percent
  • The mining, logging and construction industry took the biggest hit when compared to last year. That industry employed 152,000 workers during July, down from 153,800 workers during June and a 15.3 percent decrease from last year.

    Other industries that saw an over-the-year jobs decrease include:

  • manufacturing by 3.4 percent
  • trade, transportation and utilities by 4.9 percent
  • information by 2 percent
  • financial activities by 6.4 percent
  • professional and business services by 1.4 percent
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