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Maryland sees one of nation’s largest job declines in July

 

 

 Maryland’s unemployment rate shot up in July when employers cut 9,000 jobs — one of the largest losses in the country, the federal government said Monday.

The estimate from the U.S. Department of Labor suggests a slowdown in Maryland’s economy, which has a high share of federal employment and contracting and has been buffeted by belt tightening in Washington.

It was a difficult month in a rough year for the state’s job market. As the state pinballs between large monthly gains and losses this year, the net result is that employers have added just 900 jobs between January and July. The state gained 7,500 jobs during the same months last year and more than 15,000 during those months in 2012.

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