Baltimore had 5th-worst job loss of metro areas


It's official. Baltimore lost more jobs than any metropolita area in its region in 1991 and fared only slightly better than recession-socked areas such as New York, Boston and Los Angeles.

In its final analysis of job losses for 1991, the U.S. Department of Labor said yesterday that the Baltimore metropolitan area lost 46,000 jobs, or 4 percent of its employment base. That was the fifth-worst showing of any metropolitan area in the nation.

Baltimore City alone lost 29,000 jobs, or 6.3 percent of its employment base, in 1991, according to the report issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state lost 75,000 jobs, or about 3.4 percent of its employment base.

In the city, the job losses were worst in the construction, retail and service sectors.

Construction jobs declined by 3,000, or 11.5 percent, to 23,000. The retail and service sectors each lost about 8,000 jobs.

Statewide, construction declined by 26,000, or 16 percent.

Wholesale and retail trade businesses in the state laid off 24,000 of the 531,000 workers counted in 1990.

In all, Maryland lost nearly 75,000 jobs in 1991. That's nearly 26 percent of the jobs lost in the BLS Southern region, although Maryland had only about 6 percent of the jobs in the region.

The final analysis of 1991 came 10 months after the BLS initially tallied the job losses.

It also came about two months before the government statistic-keepers were set to release the job performance of 1992.

In private surveys, some analysts said that Maryland had started to see increases in the number of jobs in 1992.

But most said that Baltimore City will continue to suffer job losses.

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