Maryland added 4,600 new jobs in May, according to preliminary, seasonally adjusted figures released Friday morning by the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.
So far this year, Maryland has added jobs in four out of five months. Most of May’s new jobs, some 2,800, were added in the private sector. Since May 2012, the private sector has expanded by 31,100 jobs. Overall, Maryland has added 35,600 jobs during that time, an increase of 1.6 percent.
“As a state, we have now recovered over 95 percent of the jobs lost during the Bush recession – another step toward our goal to recover every job we’ve lost during the downturn by the end of 2014,” Gov. Martin O’Malley said in a statement. “In Maryland, we continue to target our skills and investment pipeline to bolster the life sciences, biotech, cyber security, space and aerospace, global trade, and advanced manufacturing because we know that to move forward in our jobs recovery, we must make the better choices to grow our Innovation Economy. Though this jobs report is promising, there are still too many moms and dads out of work. That’s why together, we must continue to give our highly-skilled and educated workforce the tools they need to compete and expand the ranks of our diverse and upwardly-mobile middle class.”
The professional and business services sector led the way in May with 4,000 new jobs, while trade, transportation, warehousing and utilities added 2,200. Information, a small sector, added 400 jobs. Leisure and hospitality also added 400.
Government employment increased by 1,800, with 1,200 state and 700 federal jobs added. Local government employment dipped 100.
The unemployment rate ticked higher in May, to 6.7 percent, as more Marylanders entered the labor force.
Labor officials also revised last month’s employment report, reporting a decline of 4,900 jobs in April, down from the 6,200 job decline that was first reported.