BALTIMORE (WJZ) — According to data released by the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Maryland gained 4,600 total jobs in May.

The private sector added 2,800 jobs over the month; it has the highest private sector jobs total for May since 2008. Maryland has recovered 95% of the jobs lost in the national recession and four out of five months in 2013 have had job gains over the month.

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According to the BLS, Maryland’s preliminary May unemployment rate increased 0.2 percentage points over-the-month to 6.7 percent. With revision, Maryland’s April unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.5 percent.

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“The O’Malley-Brown Administration is making better choices that are delivering better results for Maryland’s middle class families. At the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s Division of Workforce Development, every choice we make is about creating jobs, preparing Marylanders to fill those jobs and expanding opportunity,” said Maryland Labor Secretary Leonard Howie. “Maryland invests more than almost any state in the nation in our human capital (ranked 2nd) according to The Milken Institute. As a result, the US Chamber of Commerce ranks our state 3rd for our “Talent Pipeline”.

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In the private sector, the Professional & Business Services sector gained 4,400 jobs; the Administrative & Support Services sub-sector gained 3,000 jobs. The Trade, Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities sector added 2,200 jobs. The Information sector gained 400 jobs and the Leisure & Hospitality sector added a total of 400 jobs.