Maryland's unemployment rate drops slightly in November

December 21, 2012

Maryland’s preliminary unemployment rate dropped slightly in November, down 0.1 percent to 6.6 percent as compared to October’s rate of 6.7, according to figures released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The state’s rate checks in a full percent lower than the national rate of 7.7 percent for the month, a 0.2 percent drop from October’s revised rate of 7.9 percent, figures show.

As far as jobs, Maryland experienced “a smoothing out of recent hiring,” as November’s preliminary numbers show a loss of 3,100 jobs, survey data shows.

Yearlong data for 2012 shows the number of people active in the labor force up by 22,101 from November 2011, with the employed 25,428 higher and the unemployed 3,327 lower, figures show.

The preliminary October jobs report was revised downward to 4,700 jobs gained for the September-October period from the 14,000 previously reported.

“We are determined and we remain focused on accelerating our job growth and recovering the jobs that were lost during the national economic recession,” Maryland Labor Secretary Leonard Howie said in a news release. “Our investments in skills development and education are helping to put more Marylanders back to work, as we continue to cultivate our best-in-the-nation workforce.”

According to the BLS, Maryland has seen “tremendous progress” this year, despite a disappointing November.

Leading the way, the private sector grew by 1.1 percent over the past 12 months, creating 22,000 jobs. The natural resources, mining and construction as well as education, health care and social assistance industries were two major sectors to post gains in November, BLS figures show.

In West Virginia, the seasonally adjusted jobless rate dipped to 7.3 percent in November, a decrease of 0.2 percent from October, according to information released Tuesday by WorkForce West Virginia.

The number of unemployed West Virginia residents decreased by 1,500, down to 58,700, and total unemployment was down 2,300.

Total nonfarm payroll employment decreased by 900, with a loss of 1,200 in the goods-producing sector offsetting a slight gain of 300 in the service-providing sector.

The state’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained steady at 6.7 percent.

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