BALTIMORE - Maryland added 9,700 jobs in August, which has helped the state recover all of the job losses that took place during the national recession, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics released Friday.
The state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) reports that Maryland's private sector added 4,900 jobs over-the-month while the state has also posted over-the-month jobs gains in six out of eight months in 2013.
In addition, Maryland's preliminary unemployment rate decreased to 7 percent and continues to remain below the national rate.
According to a state DLLR news release, this August represented the highest number of private sector jobs for the month since 2007. The job growth included adding 3,600 in the professional and business services sector. The job gains in August helped wipe out nearly identical job losses from July.
"Last month, Marylanders created 9,700 new jobs,” said Gov. Martin O’Malley in a statement.”Together, we have now recovered 100 percent of the jobs we lost as a result of the national recession. Today, there are 43,300 more Marylanders working than this time last year, and our unemployment rate has been driven down to 7 percent, below the national rate.
"Today's jobs report also reaffirms the strength of Maryland's dynamic private sector. Over the past 12 months, our businesses have created 37,800 jobs -- nearly 9 out of every 10 new jobs created in our state. As we reach this milestone in Maryland's economic recovery, we must remember that our work is not done. We need to continue our work building an economy that creates even more middle class opportunities, and creates prosperity for Maryland from the middle out."
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