Maryland shed the third-highest amount of jobs nationally in May, while the unemployment rate dipped in the District and held steady in Virginia, according to newly released jobs numbers.
The U.S. Department of Labor said Maryland lost 7,500 jobs in May, eclipsed only by North Carolina and Pennsylvania, marking the third straight month of job losses in the state. Its unemployment rate also ticked up to 6.8 percent.
Still, Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley said the state was in better shape than last year and took a swipe at the economic policies of President George W. Bush, whom he continues to blame for today’s economic turmoil.
|May jobs figures|
|Unemployment rate dropped from 9.5 percent to 9.3 percent|
|D.C. added more than 2,000 jobs|
|Unemployment rate increased from 6.7 percent to 6.8 percent|
|The state lost 7,500 jobs|
|Unemployment rate stayed the same at 5.6 percent|
|The state added 24,800 jobs|
“This was a disappointing monthly report after what has been a solid steady year of job creation and recovery,” he said, adding, “30,800 more Marylanders are working than were at this time last year. This is the best May-to-May for job creation since before the Bush recession.”