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Md. adds 6,800 jobs in Sept., but unemployment rate ticks up to 7.4%

Maryland added 6,800 jobs in September, but the unemployment rate continued to climb to 7.4 percent, according to figures released Friday morning by the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

The state’s private sector led the job growth with 10,000 new positions last month. The federal government was also active, adding 2,100 jobs while local governments shed 5,400.

“Maryland’s private sector grew five times faster than the rest of the nation’s in September,” said labor Secretary Alexander M. Sanchez. “Still, there are signals that Maryland — like all other states — is still in recovery.”

The state has added 12,300 jobs since last September.

The unemployment rate in August was 7.3 percent. The labor department attributed the increase in the rate in September to growth in the pool of available workers that outpaced job growth.

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  1. Only in Maryland can you call an increase in unemployment evidence that the local economy “is still in recovery.”

    Who cares if the state added 12,300 jobs since September if there is no context provided? This is a failure of journalism and borders on deception. Unless the writer tells us how many jobs need to be created each month just to keep up with population growth and new people entering the workforce, the statistic of 12,300 jobs created is near meaningless. We can infer that the missing number is greater than 12,300 since the overall rate increased but by how much?

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