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By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer | January 10, 1993
Carroll County's unemployment rate rose sharply from 5.1 percent to 5.7 percent in November, one of the highest increases in the Baltimore metropolitan area.Queen Anne's was the only Baltimore-area county with a larger increase, rising from 5.7 percent to 6.4 percent, state officials said Friday."We're seeing that Carroll County and Queen Anne's were experiencing some increase in the labor force," said Marco K. Merrick, a public information officer with the state Department of Economic and Education Development.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2011
About one in four Baltimore residents is living in poverty, a one-year increase of more than 20 percent, according to estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Although the recession officially ended in June 2009, a federal survey conducted last year shows that the downturn's enduring effects have led poverty rates to skyrocket over a short period. The uptick is straining government and charitable resources and leaving Baltimore leaders scrambling for solutions. "People who were managing have now dropped into poverty," said Susan J. Roll, an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.
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BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | July 4, 1997
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a point in June to 5.0 percent as the economy added jobs at a slower-than-expected pace, government figures showed yesterday.The numbers lent support to the Federal Reserve's decision yesterday to hold interest rates steady as growth subsides.Last month's gain of 217,000 new jobs exceeded May's revised increase of 166,000, as reported by the Labor Department, though it fell short of the increase of 230,000 forecast by Wall Street economists.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2010
February was a bad month for Maryland workers: Employers cut 13,800 jobs, one of the biggest decreases in the nation, according to new government estimates. Only Virginia, California, Michigan and Pennsylvania saw bigger drops, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday morning. Maryland's unemployment rate rose to 7.7 percent last month from 7.5 percent in January. That remains below the national jobless rate of 9.7 percent. The numbers are preliminary and are also adjusted to try to account for normal seasonal variations in hiring and layoffs.
BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker and Andrea K. Walker,SUN STAFF | March 22, 2003
Maryland's unemployment rate rose in January, but the job market remained healthier than that of the rest of the nation. The state's jobless rate was 4.5 percent, up from 4 percent in December, the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation reported yesterday. In January last year, the unemployment rate was 4.9 percent. The figures are not adjusted for seasonal variations. Maryland's job market remained stronger than that of the nation, which posted a 6.5 percent unemployment rate in January.
NEWS
January 19, 1992
Howard County's unemployment rate rose from 4.0 percent to 4.2 percent from October to November, the smallest increase in the state, according to this month's employment report from the state Department of Employment and Economic Development.Maryland's overall unemployment rate rose from 5.5 percent in October to 6.1 percent in November.The national unemployment rate climbed from 6.4 percent to 6.6 percent.Howard's unemployment for November was about half a percentage point higher than it was a year earlier.
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By Liz Atwood and Liz Atwood,Staff Writer | March 13, 1992
Maryland's unemployment rate climbed to 7.3 percent in January, the highest rate in nine years, according to figures released today by the state Department of Economic and Employment Development.Analysts attributed the increase to seasonal layoffs and the recession.During January, the number of employed workers in Maryland declined by 25,974 to 2.34 million. The number of people without jobs increased 13,873, to 184,727.Meanwhile, initial claims for unemployment insurance increased from 38,025 in December to 45,766 in January -- a figure that could signal further increases.
BUSINESS
March 4, 1995
Md. jobless rate up slightlyThe number of working Marylanders fell by more than 30,000 in January, pushing the state's unemployment rate up one-tenth of a percentage point, to a seasonally adjusted 4.9 percent.While the job climate worsened slightly, state officials said other parts of the economy, such as retail sales, showed improvements.Not seasonally adjusted, the state's unemployment rate rose to 5.0 percent in January, up from 4.6 percent in December. In the Baltimore metropolitan area, the jobless rate rose a half-point to 5.6 percent.
BUSINESS
By Kim Clark and Kim Clark,Staff Writer | August 24, 1993
Unemployment in Maryland, which reached a nine-year high last year, hit black and male workers harder than other groups, the U.S. Department of Labor reported yesterday.In an analysis of the state's 1992 job market, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that while Maryland's unemployment rate rose three-quarters of a percentage point to 6.6 percent, women saw no increase in joblessness.The unemployment rate for women remained at 5.9 percent in 1992.At the same time, the unemployment rate for blacks jumped nearly 1 1/2 points to 11.2 percent.
BUSINESS
August 1, 1999
Families who own their own homes numbered a record 69.6 million in the first quarter of this year, the National Association of Home Builders reported.Boosted by a strong economy and low interest rates, homeownership nationwide rose to 66.7 percent in the first quarter, up from 65.9 percent in the corresponding period last year.Along with the increase in the national average, gains have also been made in the homeownership rate for minority and immigrant households.Since the first quarter of 1994, the homeownership rate for African-American households has risen 4.2 percent to 46.3 percent.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN REPORTER | November 21, 2007
Unemployment in Maryland rose and job growth slowed last month as national economic troubles touched off by the slumping housing market continue to take a toll. The state's jobless rate was 4 percent in October, up from 3.9 percent a month earlier and 3.7 percent the month before that, the federal government said yesterday. But it remains better than the U.S. unemployment rate, which was 4.7 percent last month. Employers added 28,600 jobs in the past 12 months, according to preliminary estimates - a slowdown since the summer, when year-over-year gains topped 30,000.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | April 8, 2005
Maryland employers added 2,000 jobs in February, but unemployment inched upward as the labor force swelled, the Labor Department said yesterday. The jobless rate rose to 4.2 percent from 4.1 percent in January, adjusted for the effect of seasonal variations. That remains well below the national unemployment rate of 5.4 percent. The strongest Maryland industries during the month of February were leisure and hospitality; professional and business services; and trade, transportation and utilities.
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By Jonathan Bor and Jonathan Bor,SUN STAFF | November 24, 2004
The nation's Caesarean section rate rose to a record level last year, confounding doctors and natural-birth advocates whose efforts to bring the rate down achieved a brief success in the early 1990s. Last year, 27.6 percent of babies born in the United States were delivered surgically, up from 26.1 percent a year earlier, according to a report yesterday by the National Center for Health Statistics. Put another way, more than 1 million of the 4 million babies born in the United States entered the world via the surgeon's scalpel.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Bill Atkinson and Jamie Smith Hopkins and Bill Atkinson,SUN STAFF | January 28, 2004
Maryland's unemployment rate bumped up last month to 4.4 percent from 4.2 percent, but local economists think the news is more hopeful than horrible. About 8,000 state residents joined the labor force, while the unemployment rolls rose by 7,500 to 128,988 people in December, according to federal Labor Department numbers released yesterday and adjusted for seasonal variations. "The increase in unemployment was really not about job loss but people coming into the labor market looking for jobs," said Anirban Basu, head of Optimal Solutions Group, a Baltimore economic and policy consulting firm.
BUSINESS
By COX NEWS SERVICE | July 9, 2003
WASHINGTON - Cable TV customers saw their rates rise an average of 8.2 percent last year, the Federal Communication Commission reported yesterday. The jump in rates for programming services and equipment marked the fifth straight year that cable prices had sharply outpaced general inflation, a trend that some consumer experts say reflects an industry monopoly. The FCC's annual report, for the 12-month period ending July 1, 2002, shows that average monthly charges increased: 3.7 percent for basic service, from $13.93 to $14.45.
BUSINESS
By Bill Atkinson and Bill Atkinson,SUN STAFF | May 3, 2003
In a sign that the economy's problems are far from over, the nation's unemployment rate rose to 6.0 percent in April as businesses lopped thousands of workers from their payrolls for the third month in a row, the Labor Department reported yesterday. The unemployment number, a key barometer of the health of the economy, tied an eight-year high for the second time in five months as it rose from 5.8 percent in March. The unemployment rate also was 6.0 percent in December, and the last time it was above that was July 1994, when it was 6.1 percent.
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By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,Sun Staff Writer | March 5, 1994
Maryland's unemployment rate jumped sharply in January, as layoffs from Christmas-season jobs and the cold winter weather pushed the state jobless rate to 6.4 percent from December's 5.8 percent.State officials said unemployment rose by 16,430 people in January, bringing the total out of work in Maryland to more than 170,000 workers.But a bright side in the unemployment rate, they said, is that fewer workers than normal left the work force after giving up hope of finding a job soon. When people stop looking for work, they are no longer counted in the unemployment figures.
BUSINESS
By William Patalon III and William Patalon III,SUN STAFF | April 23, 2003
Maryland's unemployment rate edged up to 4.6 percent in February, said a state government report released yesterday. But Maryland's jobless rate is lower than it was a year ago, and is still below the U.S. average, underscoring the state's improving economic health, an expert said. "Maryland is fairly lucky to be in the situation that it's in, given the position of the national economy, which remains very weak," said Pradeep Ganguly, chief economist for the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development.
NEWS
By Aparna Kumar and Aparna Kumar,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 7, 2003
WASHINGTON - The nation's inmate population swelled to more than 2 million for the first time last year, with nearly one in every 142 U.S. residents behind bars, a new Justice Department survey says. In a one-day head count conducted June 30, the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the federal government held 1,355,748 prisoners, accounting for about two-thirds of the nation's incarcerated population, according to the annual survey by the department's Bureau of Justice Statistics. Local, municipal and county facilities nationwide held 665,475 inmates on that day. Statisticians at the agency, which has been tracking the nation's prison population since 1977, acknowledged that it was only a matter of time before this benchmark was reached.
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