Private sector jobs 31,200 above April 2012
BALTIMORE, MD (May 17, 2013) -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 shed
6,200 total jobs in April, after four consecutive months of job growth. The private sector declined by
8,600 jobs over-the-month. Despite a disappointing month, Maryland has made tremendous progress in job
recovery this year. Our state has gained 34,600 total jobs and our private sector employers have added
31,200 jobs since April 2012.
With BLS revision, Maryland's March jobs numbers decreased slightly to show our February to March
gain was 2,600 jobs. According to the BLS, Maryland's unemployment rate dropped to 6.5 percent in April.
Maryland's March unemployment rate remained unchanged with revision at 6.6 percent.
"The Maryland Department of Labor remains focused on accelerating hiring and job growth as we continue
to recover the jobs lost during the national economic recession," said Maryland Labor Secretary Leonard Howie.
"Our investments in skills development and education are helping to put more Marylanders back to work, as we
continue to cultivate our best-in-the-nation workforce through innovative, industry-based workforce initiatives such as our
Employment Advancement Right Now or EARN program."
In the private sector, the Trade, Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities sector gained 2,300 jobs. Its
retail sub-sector added 2,000 jobs, with its wholesale component gaining 400 jobs. The Manufacturing sector
gained 600 jobs in the Non-Durable Goods sub-sector. While the Leisure & Hospitality sector saw a net
decline, its Arts, Entertainment & Recreation sub-sector gained 700 jobs.
Secretary Howie will brief the media on the April 2013 jobs report during a conference call at noon today.
Call-in number: 1-(877) 274-9107.
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