Maryland's job growth rate this year highest since 1999, three times the national rate
(BALTIMORE, 8/20/10) --- Alexander M. Sanchez, Secretary of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, announced
today that Maryland remained on a positive course of job creation during July. Preliminary data shows a gain
of 500 payroll jobs during the month in Maryland on a seasonally adjusted basis over June's revised figures.
The State's unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.1 percent in July, compared with the national rate of 9.5
"Since January, Maryland employers have added more than 40,000 jobs to their payroll. Our ability to
sustain job growth, which is now triple the rate of the rest of the nation, is encouraging considering that
national payrolls have declined over the past two months," Governor Martin O'Malley said. "Maryland's
unemployment rate remains about 25 percent below the national average, and our private sector has now added
jobs for five consecutive months, which shows that in these tough economic times we continue to improve the
conditions that allow businesses - large and small - to create and save jobs."
The 1.6 percent increase in statewide payroll jobs from January through July was the highest for that
period since 1999.
Private sector job growth in July was led by the education/health care/social assistance sector (+8,200
over June). A gain of 1,600 jobs in trade/transportation/utilities was also reported, raising employment in
this sector above its year-ago total for the first time since September 2007.
Those gains were partly offset by the loss of about 3,400 temporary U.S. Census positions.
Maryland Employment Situation