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Maryland gains 11.5K jobs in May; unemployment drops to 6.1%

Maryland gained 11,500 jobs in May and the unemployment rate decreased to 6.1%, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

This is the 13th consecutive month of job growth in Maryland. Since the beginning of 2021, Maryland has gained a total of 41,200 jobs.

The education and health services sector experienced the most growth, with an increase of 4,700 jobs from the health care and social assistance (2,600) and educational services (2,100) subsectors.

Other sectors that experienced growth include trade, transportation, and utilities (1,900), leisure and hospitality (1,600), other services (1,000), professional and business services (800), and information (300).

Sectors that experienced declines include manufacturing (300) and financial activities (200).

April’s preliminary jobs estimate was revised upwards by 2,000 jobs, from a gain of 3,800 to a gain of 5,800 jobs.

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