Maryland unemployment dips as teens land summer jobs

September 05, 1992|By David Conn | David Conn,Staff Writer

Maryland's unemployment rate halted a two-month trend and fell in July as employment growth outpaced a summertime increase in the size of the labor force.

In Maryland, where jobless data are released a month later than nationally, the jobless rate fell to 6.5 percent from 6.9 percent in June.

The state said 66,727 people found jobs while 60,508 people entered the labor force, defined as people working or looking for work. As a result, unemployment declined by 6,219 people during the month, the state's Department of Economic and Employment Development reported.

The department, which does not adjust employment numbers to account for seasonal factors, noted that more than 10,000 new jobs were in local government, and half of those were federally funded summer jobs for teen-agers.

"Although some of the July employment gain was attributable to the federal government's efforts at summer job creation, there is also an encouraging trend in employment growth statewide," said Mark L. Wasserman, the secretary of economic and employment development. It was the fifth straight month that total employment increased in Maryland.

But, Mr. Wasserman continued, "Other economic indicators show that Maryland's recovery from the recession remains slow and uneven."

For instance, the number of housing units authorized in July was flat compared with a year ago. And retail sales in June were down from a year ago and flat compared with May.

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