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Maryland lost 6,400 jobs in June; unemployment rate increased to 6.4%

Maryland lost 6,400 jobs in June as the unemployment rate climbed to 6.4%, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Tiffany P. Robinson said the report is further evidence of the ongoing challenges the state’s economy is facing due to a serious labor shortage. She added the state currently has more than 250,000 jobs available on the Maryland Workforce Exchange, the most job postings of any month in the past five years.

The Education and Health Services sector experienced the most growth with an increase of 3,500 jobs from the educational services (2,800) and health care and social assistance (700) subsectors. the leisure and hospitality sector increased by 1,400 jobs from the accommodation and food services (1,300) and arts, entertainment and recreation (100) subsectors.

Other sectors that experienced growth include information (600), other services (600) and financial activities (500).

Sectors that experienced decline last month include professional and business services (9,700), mining, logging and construction (1,800), manufacturing (1,100) and trade, transportation and utilities (500).

Data is transferred to the Maryland Department of Labor’s website directly from BLS servers.

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