Maryland gained 6,700 jobs in January while the unemployment rate held steady.
The private sector added 7,500 jobs while the state saw a loss of 800 government jobs, according to preliminary data released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate remained 4.2 percent, lower than U.S. rate of 4.8 percent in January.
The loss in government jobs could become a persistent problem for Maryland. The state Board of Revenue Estimates lowered its projection for fiscal 2017 by $35.3 million, largely due to the federal hiring freeze instituted by President Trump shortly after he was inaugurated on Jan. 20.
The leisure and hospitality sector saw the biggest increase with 3,900 jobs. The accommodation and food services subsector increased by 5,900 jobs while the arts, entertainment and recreation subsector decreased by 2,000 jobs.
Read the full article from the Baltimore Business Journal.