Published: Fri, October 20, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Maryland adds 2400 jobs in September as unemployment falls

Maryland adds 2400 jobs in September as unemployment falls

That's the third lowest in the state, behind Boulder and Fort Collins' 1.9 percent, according to the survey of households. Private industries with the most growth over the year were professional and business services, up 6,316; leisure and hospitality, up 2,754; and other services, up 2,020.

The largest gain was in the construction industry, which added 2,700 jobs over the past month.

The preliminary Omaha-area rate dropped to 2.6 percent in September - three-tenths of a point lower than the revised August rate of 2.8 percent and seven-tenths of a point under the September 2016 rate of 3.3 percent.

It was unclear if the numbers reflect the job loses due to the closing of Benny's or Alexion - two Rhode Island companies that are closing operation and lay off hundreds.

The state has added 130,000 jobs since January 2015, including 64,100 since last September on a seasonally adjusted basis, a 2.4 percent year-over-year gain.

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The labor force decreased by 10,800 from 3,680,500 in August, as 900 more residents were employed and 11,700 fewer residents were unemployed over the month.

The Topeka metropolitan area shed an estimated 555 jobs over the month, but the number of people unemployed also shrank by just over 800, lowering that area's jobless rate to 3.4 percent, down from 4 percent in August.

The education and health services sector expanded by 1,000 jobs in September 2017 with both subsectors showing increases for the month. The sector has fallen by 1,800 positions since September 2016. The seasonally adjusted rate factors influences such as weather, holidays and the opening and closing of schools.

Kentucky's statewide unemployment rate and employment levels are seasonally adjusted. However, because of the small sample size, county unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

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