Employment rose slightly in May in the Philadelphia, Camden and Wilmington areas, overcoming a significant decline in the Wilmington area, which saw its largest 12-month decrease in nearly five years, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Payrolls grew by 8,300, up 0.3 percent from May 2007 - the 52d month of year-to-year increases in the region, the monthly BLS report said. Employment also grew by 11,300 jobs since April.

The Philadelphia metropolitan subdivision, which includes the city and its Pennsylvania suburbs, led the growth, adding 6,700 jobs, year to year. The city itself added 1,400 of those.

The Camden subdivision, which includes Camden, Burlington and Gloucester Counties, added 3,900 jobs.

However, jobs declined by 2,300 in the Wilmington subdivision, which includes New Castle County in Delaware, Cecil County in Maryland, and Salem County in New Jersey.

Contact staff writer Jane M. Von Bergen at 215-854-2769 or jvonbergen@phillynews.com.