Leisure and Hospitality Services Add 12,800 Jobs
Since Jan., Maryland employers have added 36,400 to payrolls which is the largest year-to-date gain in Maryland since 2000. In the 12 months through Sept., Maryland has added jobs about three times as fast as the country and accounted for about 6% of net jobs added, in spite of representing only about 2% of the nation’s economy. Leisure and hospitality services added 12,800 not seasonally adjusted jobs over the past year and professional, scientific and technical services along with increased BRAC-related federal investments also contributed to Maryland’s superior job growth.
Maryland’s high concentration of residents with advanced and technical training set the stage for this growth. Looking at year-over-year not seasonally adjusted data, the state ranked third in job growth in the professional, scientific and technical services subsector, adding 10,900 jobs for a 4.9% growth rate [Figure 2]. Especially noteworthy has been the state’s 9.2% growth in computer systems design and related services (third best in the country) and 9.5% growth in management, scientific and technical consulting (best growth rate in the country).
Maryland ranked second in the country in leisure and hospitality service job growth, adding 12,800 jobs or 5.4%. This growth reflects recent strength in tourism activities in the region. For example, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia respectively rank first, second and third in accommodations and food services job growth, which is a component of leisure and hospitality.
Increased federal investments in Maryland related to BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) have bolstered both federal government and private construction employment. Maryland ranked fourth in federal job growth over the year, adding 6,000 jobs or 4.5%. Maryland also ranked first in residential and nonresidential building construction employment, adding 4,200 jobs or 13.1%. [Table 3] shows Maryland job changes over the past year for major sectors and several subsectors and compares those to the nation’s changes.
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