Unemployment rate driven down from 6 percent to 5.6 percent
BALTIMORE, MD (December 19, 2014) – 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 3,800 total jobs over-the-month with 74 percent
(2,800 jobs) coming from the private sector. The private sector added 2,800 jobs over-the-month. Since January, Maryland's private sector has added 16,500 jobs.
The November preliminary unemployment rate was driven down from 6.0 percent to 5.6 percent, which is better than the national unemployment rate.
Maryland's preliminary jobs estimate for October was revised by BLS from an increase of 1,400 jobs to a gain of 2,800 jobs. Maryland's October unemployment
rate was unchanged with revision, at 6.0 percent.
"We've made better choices, and earned better results during this Administration," said Governor O'Malley. "Every choice we make is about creating
good-paying jobs, expanding opportunity and strengthening Maryland's families. The most important job we create is the next one."
"In Maryland, our people are our greatest asset. At the Maryland Department of Labor, it's our job to ensure that Marylanders have safe and healthy places to
live and work. Through our various divisions, our agency affects nearly everyone in Maryland, from amusement park and elevator safety, to workplace safety and
health, to protecting employee wages and rights. We're proud of our work safeguarding workers, protecting consumers and cultivating a thriving workforce," said
Maryland Labor Secretary Leonard Howie.
According to the data released today, the Trade, Transportation and Utilities sector added 2,600 jobs in November--the most of any sector. (Subsector Retail
Trade added 200 jobs. The Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities subsector gained 1,400 jobs. The Wholesale Trade subsector added 1,000 jobs.) The Professional
and Business Services sector gained 1,200 jobs. (The Administrative and Support Services subsector added 3,300 jobs.) The Other Services sector added 800 jobs. The
Mining, Logging and Construction sector gained 300 jobs in November.
Secretary Howie will brief the media on the November 2014 jobs report during a conference call at noon today. Call-in number: 1-(877) 274-9107.
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