Maryland’s economy shed 6,400 jobs in June and the state’s unemployment rate increased from 6.1% to 6.2%, according to preliminary data released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday morning.
By contrast, Maryland added 11,500 jobs in May. The national unemployment rate is at 5.9%.
In a statement accompanying the report, state Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson attributed the dismal jobs numbers to a “serious labor shortage,” throughout Maryland. Robinson noted that there are “over 250,000 jobs available” on the state’s jobs portal and that that is the most of any month in five years.