Maryland added more than 14,000 jobs in August, the second highest gain in seven years, as the unemployment rate dipped slightly to 3.9 percent, the U.S. Labor Department said Friday.
The state’s jobless rate, at a pre-recession level, remained lower than the nation’s, which was 4.4 percent in August, according to the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Maryland, with an increase of 14,200 jobs from July to August according to preliminary data, was among six states with such month-over-month increases. The state was second only to Georgia, which saw employment jump by 19,800 jobs. Maryland ranked third in the nation in employment increase by percentage, with a 0.5 percent gain, behind New Mexico and New Hampshire. Most of the state’s job gains have come in the private sector.