Unemployment in Maryland rose to 5.2% in Sept.

November 05, 1994|By From Staff Reports

Maryland's unemployment rate rose to 5.2 percent in September, from 5.1 percent in August, the state's Department of Economic and Employment Development reported yesterday.

The unemployment increase "is a normal seasonal trend, resulting from the end of summer employment," said Mark L. Wasserman, the department's secretary.

"However, Maryland's economy continues to show improvement, as manufacturing wages, retail sales, new-car registrations and housing permits increase, and unemployment insurance claims decrease," Mr. Wasserman added.

Unemployment was down substantially compared with September 1993, when it stood at 6.1 percent.

In the Baltimore area, unemployment held steady, at 6.1 percent.

Average hourly earnings statewide were $13.18 in September, about 1.5 percent higher than $12.98 a year earlier. Average weekly hours worked in the manufacturing sector were 41.5, up slightly from 41.0 a year earlier.

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