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Md. sheds 6,200 jobs in April, Labor Department says

Maryland employers slashed 6,200 jobs in April, cutting short a string of gains, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday, as the state began feeling the pinch of federal budget sequestration and cutbacks in consumer spending.

But the government's separate survey of households showed that Maryland's unemployment rate dropped to 6.5 percent in April from 6.6 percent a month earlier. The surveys of jobs and residents don't always move together, in part because Marylanders commuting across state lines or starting businesses don't affect the count of jobs.

April's job cuts came entirely in the private sector, with sharp drops in the hospitality and professional services sectors....