Maryland Creates Nearly 10,000 Jobs in September


Maryland generates more than 24,000 jobs since August 2011

BALTIMORE, MD (October 19, 2012) -Just days after Governor O'Malley's announcement of the Unemployment Insurance tax cut for Maryland businesses, more good news for Marylanders has now been released. 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 gained 9,800 jobs during September, topping last year's August to September gain of 9,500. This marks the largest gain for the month since 2003. The private sector gained 9,600 jobs, accounting for 98 percent of the monthly upturn. The preliminary jobs estimate for August showed an increase of 1,400 jobs. Today's revised numbers show we actually gained 2,600 jobs.

According to the BLS survey, Maryland's preliminary unemployment rate dropped two tenths of a percentage point to 6.9 percent. August's unemployment rate remained unchanged with revision and held steady at 7.1 percent.

"Maryland continues to make progress toward recovery. We've created 25,500 jobs in the last year and 2,200 fewer Marylanders have filed new unemployment insurance claims," said Maryland Labor Secretary Leonard Howie. "Both this month's jobs numbers and our unemployment insurance tax cut for Maryland employers reflect Governor O'Malley's investments in protecting our workforce and positioning our state to compete effectively in the New Economy. Together, we're working to broaden Maryland's workforce as we foster an environment where businesses can continue to grow and create more jobs."

Maryland's most noteworthy September gains were in Professional and Business Services, which added 4,100 jobs and Trade/Transportation/Warehousing and Utilities, which gained 2,000 jobs. The Education/Health Care and Social Assistance sector added 1,600 jobs over-the-month, a gain almost evenly split between component industries. The Natural Resources/Mining/Construction sector added 1,300 jobs, with gains among special trade contracting providing the growth impetus.

Secretary Howie will brief the media on the September 2012 jobs report during a conference call at noon today.
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