Maryland Unemployment Rate Creeps Up

Friday, July 22, 2011 – Steve Fermier
Maryland’s June unemployment figure rose slightly from May.

It went up to 7 percent even from an earlier figure of 6.8 percent.

The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics listed total job losses in the state at 300.

That compares with a rate of losses at just under 10,000 in May. 

The national unemployment figure stood at 9.2 percent.

In June of 2007, Maryland’s unemployment rate stood at 3.6 percent. 

“June was another soft month in Maryland’s recovery and a reminder that we must stay focused on the principles that will secure Maryland’s economic future,” said Maryland Labor Secretary Alexander M. Sanchez.

“During our recovery, which will require determined work from all Marylanders, it is more important than ever before to protect our investments in the state’s human capital, strengthen partnerships with employers and labor leaders and avoid short cuts that other states have taken.”

According to a release from Maryland’s labor department, in June, the state added 2,800 jobs in Professional and Business Services, 800 in Other Services and 500 in Information.

Maryland also added 1,300 jobs in the Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities subsector and created 3,500 state and local government positions.

The state lost 1,400 federal jobs – likely a result of federal budget compromises that have reduced funding for federal agencies headquartered in Maryland.

Maryland shed 2,400 private sector jobs in June, including 2,800 in Natural Resources, Mining and Construction. The Educational, Health Care and Social Assistance supersector lost 1,800 jobs. In all, the state lost 300 jobs in June.

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