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Maryland unemployment falls for the first time since 2007

Since the recession hit the state, this was the first time that the Maryland unemployment rate declined. This happened mainly because of the addition of jobs. The unemployment rate dipped to 7.5 percent last month from 7.7 percent. The businesses and agencies created 8,200 jobs. Hence an estimate of 36,000 jobs were gained.

Another positive sign has been the fall in the number of new claims for the unemployment benefits in the state. About 7,100 jobs were gained in the leisure and hospitality sector and 3,200 jobs were gained in education and health services sector.

“Today’s announcement is another positive sign for families and businesses in Maryland,” Gov. Martin O’Malley said in a press release Friday. “Building on our progress in March, Maryland created thousands of jobs in April as we come through the national recession. While there is still more to do, this second straight month of jobs gains shows that our economy is turning in a positive direction.”

According to the reports, the statistics show Maryland’s unemployment rate remains well below the national average, which climbed to 9.9 percent in April, up from 9.7 percent in March. First-time claims for unemployment benefits declined 11 percent in April, to 28,738.

The officials believe that the economy in Maryland is showing signs of recovery and that is a good news for the unemployed in the state.

If you want to know more about the unemployment claims in the state, then you can refer to the unemployment benefits guide of Maryland.

  1. I have worked for 32+ years and recently have become unable to work due to health reasons, so I have had to resign from my job. I have contacted SS and will be able to apply for disability but it will take awhile to process. Can I apply for unemployment benefits? I live in WV.

    1. Sandra,

      UI benefits are only extended to claimants who lose their employment due to involuntary reasons. Please reach out to the Unemployment Office for more.

  2. I had to quit my job at Walmart in Fairmont West Virginia and moved back to my home state ky, I’ve got a son with drug problems and 3 older sisters that are not doing so well in health cause of their age. I didn’t understand about the transfer part they had at Walmart that I could put a date when I could start back because of my car problems I thought when I left I had to go in like in s few days, I’ve applied here at Walmart in Winchester ky 40391 two times already plus dollar store, speedway, truck stop, bp, a few other places it’s been going on 7 months without a job I live with my son and its getting harder on him paying rent and utilities and food, not to mention our personal hygiene stuff I really need help I have no income coming in to help him and his wife out I get foodstamps and Medicaid I was praying I could qualify for unemployment PLEASE HELP!!!

    1. Vicky,

      I can understand your situation. Unfortunately, UI benefits are only extended to claimants who lose employment due to involuntary reasons. Please call the Unemployment Office for further clarification.

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