5/19/2017 - Maryland Jobs Numbers released -
Annapolis, MD (WNAV)
The U.S. Department of Labor released state jobs and unemployment data earlier today [Friday] and its good news for Maryland.
According to the preliminary data, Maryland had a net gain of 3,500 jobs over-the-month. About half were in the private sector.
Not every sector grew however. The Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services grew the most -- 3,600 jobs. But Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services were down by 1,800.
The Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation sector gained 1,600 jobs, but Accommodation and Food Services lost 900.
Finance and Insurance, Real Estate, Rental and Leasing showed modest gains. The Information Sector increased by 700 jobs. Manufacturing was up just 200.
Labor Secretary Kelly M. Schulz said in a statement that Employers are creating jobs because they understand Governor Hogan's commitment to supporting Maryland businesses, improving the economy and fostering new opportunities.
Since January 2015, Maryland has gained more than 98,000 jobs and the unemployment rate stands at 4.3 percent.