Maryland loses 1,300 jobs in May, but numbers still up from a year ago

Maryland lost 1,300 jobs in May, though jobs are still up by 22,100 over this time last year, according to a report issued Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Public sector jobs decreased by 600 and the private sector declined by 700 jobs, the report said.

According to the survey data, Maryland’s preliminary jobs estimate for April was revised upward from a gain of 9,300 jobs to a gain of 10,600 jobs.

Three out of five months in 2014 have posted month-over-month jobs gains, meaning Maryland has added 13,800 total jobs since January.

Maryland’s preliminary unemployment rate for May is estimated at 5.6 percent. 

“Our investments in skills development and training are helping to put more Marylanders back to work,” Maryland Labor Secretary Leonard Howie said in a news release.  “The Maryland Department of Labor remains focused on accelerating hiring and job growth.”

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