Employment rose in May across state


Employment in Maryland rose for a fourth straight month in May, holding to a minimum the seasonal jump in unemployment as students and other summer workers entered the job market.

An estimated 13,324 seasonal workers found work in May, out of nearly 17,700 who entered the labor force, pushing employment up to 2.51 million, a record for May, the state Department of Economic and Employment Development reported yesterday.

At the same time, the seasonal job-seekers pushed unemployment up a tenth of a percentage point, to 5.3 percent, still well below the national rate, which fell from 6.2 percent to 5.9 percent in May.

In the Baltimore area, the jobless rate rose to 6.4 percent in May, up from 6.1 percent in April, as the labor force grew more than employment.

Other signs of a recovering Maryland economy in May included "increased hiring, fewer claims for unemployment insurance benefits and rising new automobile registrations," said Mark L. Wasserman, the state secretary of Economic and Employment Development.

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