Maryland added 24,200 jobs in August, unemployment falls under 7%

A Now Hiring sign is seen behind bars at Tillys in Assembly Square in Somerville

The Solano County unemployment rate for August was 10.3%, the state Department of Employment Development reports.

"Even though the state's unemployment rate ticked up slightly, its important to note that people entered the labor force and were looking for work which was a change from the previous months when people dropped out of the labor force and that helped produce a lower unemployment rate". The national rate fell 1.8 percentage points from July's level to 8.4%.

Compared to August of 2019, the state has seen a decrease of 45,500 jobs, with the manufacturing industry reporting the largest loss of 17,900 positions.

After the added jobs last month, Colorado has gained back 178,500 of the 342,300 payroll jobs lost in March and April - about 52% of the jobs lost in that time frame and the 24th fastest rate of recovery among US states during that period, said CDLE senior economist Ryan Gedney. Most of the additional jobs came from the government, retail, and administrative and support sectors.

Learn more about how unemployment rates are calculated here: Payrolls increased in 40 states, the bureau said.

The U.S. unemployment rate fell from 10.2% in July to 8.4% in August.

Graham County posted the highest jobless rate in northwest Kansas at 6.5 percent, while Russell, Rooks, Rush and Barton counties all had unemployment rates at or above 5 percent.

The 300 added jobs in construction, 200 in the Trade, Transportation and Utilities sector, and 100 in the Professional and Business Services sector, were all but offset by the loss of 500 jobs in the Leisure and Hospitality sector.

There were solid gains in private industry sectors that have struggled during the pandemic. It was 4.2% in August 2019. The July number marked a new jobs low for the sector.

Graphs and information about the Arkansas and USA joblessness rates.



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