Maryland added 10,500 jobs in December, capping a year in which the state gained jobs in eight out of 12 months.
The state's preliminary unemployment rate dropped to 5.1 percent in December, down from a revised 5.2 percent a month before, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Maryland's preliminary jobs estimate for November was revised from a gain of 3,600 jobs to a loss of 200.
In December, the private sector led the way, gaining 10,600 jobs, while government jobs decreased by 100.
The education and health services added 5,000 jobs during the month. The trade, transportation and utilities sector grew by 2,600 jobs, while professional and business services gained 900 positions. Manufacturing jobs increased by 300.More