According to the U.S. Department of Labor‘s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state of Maryland added 4,600 total jobs during the month of May.
The private sector added 2,800 jobs over the course of the month, representing the highest private sector jobs total for May since 2008.
The state has not recovered 95 percent of the jobs lost in the “great recession.”
Despite that news, Maryland’s preliminary May unemployment rate increased to 6.7 percent in May, a 0.2 percent increase.
“The O’Malley-Brown Administration is making better choices that are delivering better results for Maryland’s middle class families. At the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s Division of Workforce Development, every choice we make is about creating jobs, preparing Marylanders to fill those jobs and expanding opportunity,” said Maryland Labor Secretary Leonard Howie. “Maryland invests more than almost any state in the nation in our human capital (ranked 2nd) according to The Milken Institute. As a result, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ranks our state 3rd for our ‘Talent Pipeline’.”