Maryland Economy

VIDEO: Maryland adds 7,300 jobs in December

From the floor of Baltimore’s iconic Domino Sugar plant in Baltimore, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley announced positive job growth numbers, released today by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR). 

See the above video for footage from the event. 

The state gained 7,300 jobs in December 2013. Businesses accounted for 7,000 of the new jobs, while the public sector added 300, according to DLLR. December’s growth represented the highest number of private sector jobs for the month since 2007.

The following industry subsectors saw the highest monthly gains:

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services added 2,100 jobs.
  • Administrative and Support Services added 500 jobs.
  • Leisure and Hospitality Sector added 2,900 jobs.
  • Accommodation and Food Services added 3,700 jobs. 

The added jobs pushed the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent in December from 6.4 percent in November.

The December numbers also completed the annual jobs numbers. In 2013, the private sector added a total of 34,100 jobs—1.6 percent higher than the previous year.

The governor emphasized the state’s ongoing recovery. As of September, Maryland became one of 15 states to regain all of the jobs lost as result of the recession.

“The battle is the same in every state in this union, and that is to create more jobs, to create a middle class that is actually growing again and to rebuild our economy with a human purpose, that creates greater opportunities for hardworking families that are willing to go out there, wake up early, play by the rules and do the hard work to get their children a better and more prosperous future. That’s really what the American dream is all about and it’s those dreams that are built here every day at Domino Sugar,” O’Malley said.

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