Maryland Gained 4,600 Jobs and Unemployment Rate Decreased to 6.3% in December
Lowest Unemployment Rate Since Beginning of COVID-19 Pandemic
State Has Regained 262,600 Private Sector Jobs During Recovery
Recovered 70% of Private Sector Jobs Lost
BALTIMORE (January 26, 2021) – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released state jobs and unemployment data today. According to the preliminary survey data, Maryland gained 4,600 jobs in December, with the decrease of 3,100 jobs in the public sector being offset by an increase of 7,700 jobs in the private sector.
The unemployment rate decreased to 6.3% in December – the lowest level since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Maryland has regained a total 250,700 jobs, with 262,600 jobs gained in the private sector. The state has recovered 65% of total jobs and 70% of private sector jobs during its recovery.
The Professional and Business Services sector experienced the most growth with an increase of 6,300 jobs from the Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services (3,800), Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (2,200), and Management of Companies and Enterprises (300) sectors.
The Trade, Transportation, and Utilities sector also experienced growth with an increase of 4,700 jobs. Other sectors that experienced growth include: Mining, Logging, and Construction (3,000); Education and Health Services (2,200); and Manufacturing (1,000).
Sectors that experienced declines include: Leisure and Hospitality (8,500 jobs); Financial Activities (400); Other Services (400); and Information (200).
November’s preliminary jobs estimate was revised upwards by 400 jobs, from a gain of 24,100 jobs to a gain of 24,500 jobs.
Note: Data is transferred to the Maryland Department of Labor’s website directly from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) servers. A slight lag may exist as our database is refreshed. For more immediate access to this month's jobs data please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) website. Please visit the Maryland Department of Labor's website to view the current employment situation.