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Maryland reports major job gains in March

Maryland reports major job gains in March

The Maryland labor market started the spring with a bang, as employers added 19,300 jobs in March — more than any other state in the country, according to new estimates the Department of Labor released Friday.

It was Maryland's largest monthly gain of all but three months in the past 25 years — vaulting the state to the top spot, despite its small size.

Hiring outpaced the national rate as payrolls surged 2.4 percent from a year ago, breaking with previous months when Maryland lagged behind the rest of the country.

The upward trend in the state is clear, economists said, even as they tempered their optimism with warnings that the sheer size of the...