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.