Prince George’s County has led job growth in Maryland for five consecutive years now, adding 6,175 jobs between the third quarter of 2016 and the third quarter of 2017, according to Maryland’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s quarterly jobs report.
That’s a job growth rate of 1.97 percent, more than double the 0.86 percent job growth rate for the entire state of Maryland.
Howard County ranked second over the same 12-month period, with a job growth rate of 1.27 percent.
Prince George’s County accounted for 27 percent of all new jobs from the second quarter of 2016 to the second quarter of 2017.
The top job markets in Prince George’s County have been government, information technology, professional and business services and construction.
Prince George’s County also started off the year with several big job wins.
In February, Giant Food announced it would relocate its headquarters from Pennsylvania back to Landover, 20 years after it relocated to Pennsylvania when it merged with Giant Martin’s. That relocation will bring more than 200 jobs to the county, including about 80 new hires.