Maryland added 24,200 jobs in August, unemployment falls under 7%

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Posted at 11:15 AM, Sep 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-18 12:19:36-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland added 24,200 jobs in August, helping the state's unemployment rate fall to 6.9 percent, more than 18% lower than the national rate.

July’s numbers were strong as well, with the addition of 56,700 jobs.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 recovery, Maryland has gained 183,200 jobs.

The Leisure and Hospitality field led the way, growing by 5,800 jobs -- 4,000 of which came from the Accommodation and Food Services sector. The Professional and Business Services sector also saw a large increase, with 5,100 jobs.

“Unlike many other states, we were able to keep more than 70% of our economy open throughout this entire crisis, and now, after entering Stage Three of our ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery’ earlier this month, all Maryland businesses are able to safely open,” said Governor Hogan. “Maryland truly is open for business, and our economy is getting back on track and making a steady recovery.”