BALTIMORE — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released state jobs and unemployment data on Friday and, according to the preliminary survey data, Maryland added 68,300 jobs and the unemployment rate decreased to 8% in June.
In the last two months, Maryland has gained 96,700 jobs.
The Leisure and Hospitality sector experienced the most growth with an increase of 23,200 jobs. The Trade, Transportation, and Utilities sector increased by 14,900 jobs from the Retail Trade (10,100), Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities (3,200), and Wholesale Trade (1,600) subsectors.
Other sectors that experienced growth include: Other Services (9,000); Education and Health Services (7,900); Mining, Logging, and Construction (5,700); Manufacturing (2,300); and Professional and Business Services (1,300).
The Financial Activities sector decreased by 1,200 jobs. This decrease was offset by an increase of 400 jobs from the Real Estate and Rental and Leasing subsector. The Information sector also decreased by 400 jobs.