BALTIMORE, Md. - According to the preliminary survey data by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, Maryland created 1,400 jobs in August for an over-the-year total of 24,000. Professional and Business Services and Education/Health continue to be the leaders in job generation, with gains of 14,000 and 7,900, respectively.
The preliminary July unemployment rate reported last month remains unchanged at seven percent. Preliminary August numbers show the rate rising modestly to 7.1 percent which is lower than the unemployment rate of August 2011.
"Maryland continues to make progress toward recovery. Over the year, our employers added 24,000 jobs," said Interim Maryland Labor Secretary Scott R. Jensen. "This is the first over-the-month jobs gain for July-August since 2007, and the largest over-the-month July-August gain since 2005."
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