Maryland's unemployment rate inched up to 7% today in the latest state
employment picture released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
From June to July, the state netted a gain of 800 jobs, while June's
numbers were revised sightly upwards. The June unemployment rate was
6.9%, while January was 6.5%.
"This is not nearly enough job growth to say we're competitive in the
region," said Change Maryland Chairman Larry Hogan. "And a spike of
half a point in the unemployment rate since the beginning of the year
is a disturbing trend to say the least."
Virginia saw a gain of 21,300 new jobs, the third-highest in the
country between June and July, and its unemployment rate is 5.9%.
"Maryland has a formidable competitor south of the Potomac and
Virginia once again is showing the way forward in job growth," added Hogan.