In preliminary employment estimates for January published Monday by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Maryland gained 12,900 total jobs, an increase of half a percent.
Compared with this time last year, Maryland has 8,700 more jobs, for a year-over-year increase of 0.3 percent. Unemployment was at 4.1 percent.
The private sector saw growth of 14,600 private sector jobs, an increase of 0.7 percent.
The professional and business services sector led other sectors with a gain of 6,700 jobs. Its administrative and support and waste management remediation services subsector added 4,200 jobs, and the professional, scientific and technical services subsector added 2,600 jobs.
The education and health services sector grew by 3,500 jobs across its health care and social assistance and educational services subsectors.
Also, the bureau raised Maryland’s preliminary jobs estimate for December by 9,200 jobs.