By Jonathan Simpson
Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer
The Maryland unemployment rate in February dropped to 6.2%, the lowest it’s been since the pandemic started, according to the Maryland Department of Labor.
The good news came even as the number of jobs available in the state declined by 700 in February, the department said in a statement.
Preliminary survey data showed that the 3,200 private sector jobs added in February were offset by public sector job losses.
Still, the department said the state has added 9,200 jobs since the beginning of the year.
Multiple job sectors experienced nice amounts of growth, such as the professional and business service sector, which saw an increase of 3,200 jobs. Leisure and hospitality saw an increase of 2,400 jobs, and education and health sectors saw an additional 1,300 job, the labor department said.
Some sectors experienced a loss though, such as trade, transportation and utilities, which lost 900 jobs, according to the department. Another sector that experienced big losses was financial activities, which lost 2,100 jobs.