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Unemployment rate steady in state

March 28th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

Maryland employers added 6,100 jobs in February, but the unemployment rate held steady at 5.5 percent as  more people entered the labor force. The gains, reported Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor, were split fairly evenly between the public and private sectors. In the private sector, the strongest growth came from the realm of professional, scientific and technical services, which added 3,500 jobs over the month. The leisure and hospitality sector was the only category to report a decline. February’s increase was one of the largest month-to-month increases in the last 12 months. Since February 2014, the state has added 46,000 jobs. Maryland was one of 36 states to report employment gains in February. Its unemployment rate matches the national average. The new figures also adjusted the January numbers to 300, 200 fewer than originally estimated.

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