Initial claims for unemployment filed by Montgomery County residents continued to rise during the week ending Jan. 30.
Last week, 5,200 residents filed initial claims, according to the Maryland Department of Labor (DOL). That is an increase of more than 400 new claims as compared with the prior week’s filings, which ended on Jan. 23. During that week, 4,844 residents filed initial claims. During the week that ended Jan. 16, 4,503 county residents filed initial claims.
Initial claims filed throughout the state also rose. During the week that ended Jan. 30, 50,418 Marylanders filed initial unemployment claims, The prior week, which ended June 23, 44,333 Marylanders filed initial unemployment claims. During the week that ended Jan. 16, 41,596 initial unemployment claims were filed.
According to the state DOL, Maryland gained 4,600 jobs and the unemployment rate dropped to 6.3% in December. This is the lowest unemployment rate in the state since the beginning of the pandemic, according to DOL.
The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced that the increase of jobs included a decrease of 3,100 jobs in the public sector. However, that was offset by an increase of 7,700 jobs in the private sector. Maryland has regained a total 250,700 jobs, with 262,600 jobs gained in the private sector. The state has recovered 65% of total jobs and 70% of private sector jobs during its recovery, it states in the news release.