State adds 7,700 jobs in June, Labor Department says

Maryland added 7,700 jobs last month, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The state has reported monthly job gains four months this year, the bureau said. Since last June, Maryland gained 24,100 jobs.

June’s preliminary unemployment rate was estimated at 5.8 percent, a slight increase from May’s rate of 5.6 percent.  

The state’s preliminary jobs estimate for May was modified from a decrease of 1,300 jobs to a decline of 6,800 jobs, the bureau said.

Nationally, unemployment rates dropped in 22 states last month and stayed the same in 14, the Labor Department said.

The biggest drop in the unemployment rate occurred in Illinois, where it fell from 7.5 percent to 7.1 percent.

Nationwide, employers added 288,000 positions last month, signifying the healthiest stretch of job gains in 15 years. The national unemployment rate is 6.1 percent, the lowest in nearly six years.

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