Employment in Md. rises jobless up too

August 06, 1994|By a Sun Staff Writer

The number of Marylanders with jobs set another record monthly high in June, rising for the fifth consecutive month. The gain held the usual summer jump in the unemployment rate to just over half its normal size.

Employment increased by about 35,600 people, the largest increase of any month this year and the biggest for June since 1989. It raised the number of Marylanders with jobs to a June record of 2,543,593, the state Department of Economic and Employment Development reported.

But the usual surge of students, teachers and others seeking summer jobs increased the number of unemployed by 47,200, pushing the unemployment rate to 5.6 percent, compared with May's 5.3 percent.

"We expect rising unemployment this time of year as students look for summer work. However, record high employment and other positive economic indicators demonstrate that Maryland's economic recovery continues," said Mark L. Wasserman, the state's Secretary of Economic and Employment Development.

In Baltimore, the unemployment rate rose back into double digits at 10.3 percent, from 9.9 percent in June.

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