The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) announced today that Maryland added 19,300 jobs in March, according to preliminary survey data from the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Maryland's absolute job growth over-the-month outpaced all other states, according to the BLS report. Maryland's growth of 19,300 was trailed by Ohio (18,300), New Jersey (17,300), Pennsylvania (15,300) and Illinois (14,700). By percent, Maryland tied with Hawaii for the highest over-the-month job growth.
"Our state adding 19,300 new jobs in March is excellent news for all Marylanders, as we continue to turn our economy around, grow the private sector, and put people back to work," said Governor Larry Hogan. "From day one, our administration has been committed to creating jobs and fostering a better, more friendly business environment. The creation of 63,000 jobs since January 2015 shows this commitment is paying off for the hard working people of our state."
Professional and Business Services, which contributed 7,900 jobs, and Leisure and Hospitality, which contributed 5,000 jobs, are the largest contributing sectors to the March growth.
"Since Governor Hogan declared that Maryland is open for business in 2015, the state's economy has added more than 63,000 new jobs the largest gain Maryland has seen in a long, long time. This month, Maryland businesses created 16,800 jobs, as we continue to see tremendous progress toward ensuring our citizens have jobs and a strong economy," said Maryland Labor Secretary Kelly M. Schulz.