Maryland adds 53,900 jobs in July, unemployment rate drops to 7.6%

Americans are earning more per hour, and more are employed, jobs report says
Posted at 10:56 AM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 10:56:31-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland added 53,900 jobs in July, dropping the state's unemployment rate to 7.6%

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 recovery, 156,200 total jobs have been created. In June, 73,900 new jobs were reported.

Currently Maryland's unemployment rate stands more than 25% lower than the national rate.

READ MORE: A week-by-week look at Maryland unemployment claims in the age of COVID-19

“We are doing much better on our health metrics than most of the country, and we are doing much better on our economic recovery than most of the country, and we want to do what it takes to keep it that way,” said Governor Hogan. “I want to thank the many businesses that have been taking the health and safety precautions so seriously, and those that have been taking the ‘Maryland Strong: Back to Business Pledge’ and displaying it on their storefronts and places of business. Your actions are helping us get more Marylanders back to work, and keep Maryland open for business.”

The Leisure and Hospitality field experienced the most growth with 26,100 new jobs, followed by the Trade, Transportation, and Utilities sector which added 8,300 jobs.

Since March 21 -- 1,105,349 initial unemployment claims have been filed, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.