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Md. adds 4,800 jobs, but unemployment rate climbs to 7.5%

Maryland added 4,800 net new jobs in September, but the state’s unemployment rate climbed to 7.5 percent as more people entered the work force.

The government sector led the growth as community colleges hired staff into new programs at the start of the school year, according to the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

The professional and businesses services firms added 3,500 jobs, and education and health care, 1,900. The state lost 2,500 transportation and utilities jobs and 4,000 leisure and hospitality positions in the month.

“This is the fifth month out of the last seven that Maryland employers have added jobs, which showcases our success in creating and saving jobs in our state under very challenging economic conditions,” DLLR Secretary Alexander M. Sanchez said in a statement. “September’s jobs gain is particularly noteworthy in a month when payroll jobs fell on a national basis.”

The national unemployment rate held steady at 9.6 percent in September.

Payrolls in Maryland have increased by 36,400 net new jobs since January, the largest such increase since 2000, according to the labor department.

“We will continue to focus our energies on creating jobs, saving jobs, and helping our small businesses create and save jobs, delivering results for the people of our state even in tough times,” Gov. Martin O’Malley said in a statement.