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Maryland Unemployment Rate Edges Down Slightly

The state lost 600 jobs last month, but saw hiring gains in leisure and hospitality sectors, among others.

Maryland lost 600 jobs in February, according to the most recent numbers. File|Patch
Maryland lost 600 jobs in February, according to the most recent numbers. File|Patch

Maryland lost 600 jobs in February but also saw its overall unemployment rate drop to 5.7 percent, in part because of an upward revision of much steeper losses reported in January, The Baltimore Sun says.

The jobless rate improved from 5.8 percent in January led by gains in leisure and hospitality (an increase of 3,900 jobs), administrative and support services (2,100 more jobs) and financial activities (800 jobs), reports the Baltimore Business Journal.

The state also gained 300 jobs in manufacturing, according to figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Gains in leisure and hospitality (an increase of 3,900 jobs), administrative and support services (2,100 more jobs) and financial activities (800 jobs), helped trim the unemployment rate.

Revised 2013 numbers showed reported gains — used by Maryland officials to claim a full recovery from recession job losses — had been substantially overestimated, the Sun reports.

In a statement, Maryland Labor Secretary Leonard Howie said the February report "continues to reflect losses from recent seasonal factors," but that his department "remains focused on cultivating a thriving workforce" to meet Maryland's economic needs.

Rockville libertarian April 01, 2014 at 01:15 PM
The real driver of employment is opportunity, which apparently in Maryland there is a real derth. Note the gains are in low skill low paying jobs, the obama economy keeps on giving.
Alan Burdette Jr. April 07, 2014 at 07:24 PM
The job listings I see are endless. I am self employed and if my business failed I do not get to collect unemployment. But, I guarantee I would have a job in less than a week. If any of the people on unemployment wanted to they could do the same.
jag April 09, 2014 at 02:27 PM
"But, I guarantee I would have a job in less than a week. If any of the people on unemployment wanted to they could do the same." And I guarantee you are nuts and in for a rude awakening if it ever comes to that.

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