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Maryland Jobs Lost Total 39,000

Anyone looking for a Maryland job may have a tough time finding work.

The State of Maryland has lost 39,000 jobs since January 2008. According to an article by Gazette.net, about 185,000 workers were unemployed during January 2009, an increase of 15 percent from December 2008 and an increase of 72 percent from last year. The state’s unemployment rose from 5.4 percent to 6.2 percent during January, the highest unemployment rate since 1993.

Maryland had a total non-farm employment of 2,574,400 workers during January, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is up from 2,568,400 during December 2008, but a decrease of 1.5 percent from last year.

The state’s employment numbers have seen an over-the-year decrease every month for the past six months, by .5 percent during August, by .8 percent during September, by .9 percent during October, by 1.5 percent during November, by 1.7 percent during December and by 1.5 percent during January.

Like in many other corners of the country, Maryland’s construction industry has seen the biggest decline in over-the-year jobs. The state’s mining, logging and construction industry employed 169,600 workers during January, down from 170,900 workers during December and a 9.5 percent decrease from last year.

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

  • manufacturing by 4 percent
  • trade, transportation and utilities by 4.7 percent
  • information by 2.8 percent
  • financial activities by 4.8 percent
  • leisure and hospitality by 1.7 percent
  • The industries that saw an over-the-year increase in jobs include:

  • professional and business services by 1.4 percent
  • education and health services by 2.9 percent
  • other services by 1.3 percent
  • government by .2 percent
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