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.