Maryland added 700 jobs and the state’s unemployment rate stayed at 4.3 percent in August, according data released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
According to the preliminary survey data, the first six months in 2016 have posted over-the-month job gains. The state’s preliminary jobs estimate for July was revised by BLS from a gain of 2,800 to “no loss or gain of jobs.”
The trade, transportation, and utilities sector added 2,200 jobs this year, while the leisure and hospitality sector added 1,900 jobs.
Along with the jobs numbers, the Maryland Department of Labor announced Tuesday that the agency was awarded more than $2 million in U.S. Department of Labor grant funding to create more employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities.
“This award is already being put to good use. We’re creating more partnerships and working more collaboratively across numerous systems to better assist Marylanders with disabilities, in securing meaningful employment,” said Maryland Labor Secretary Kelly M. Schulz in a statement.