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Maryland lost 7,200 jobs in March, even as workforce grew

Maryland lost 7,200 jobs in March, even as workforce grew

After three months of significant job gains, Maryland lost 7,200 jobs in March even as more people joined the workforce, according to the latest federal jobs report.

While the growing pool of people working or looking for work indicates rising confidence in the economy, economists said, the new estimates released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department show that hiring isn't quite so strong. The state's unemployment rate in March nudged up a tenth of a percent to 4.3 percent, still below the national rate of 4.5 percent.

In addition to reporting the statewide loss of 7,200 jobs in March, the report revised February's strong gain down by 2,000 jobs to 9,500.

Combined, the...

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