Maryland's labor market started the year on an upbeat, as employers added 6,700 jobs in January, wages began to climb and more people entered the workforce.
Hiring in retail, food services, hospitality and construction powered the state's job gains. Increases in those sectors kept the state's unemployment rate steady at 4.2 percent, well below the national rate of 4.8 percent, the U.S. Labor Department said Monday.
The report also revised months of data with updated payroll records from more companies. The figures suggest a Maryland labor market performing better than previously estimated in the second half of the year.
Economists expect the pace of hiring to cool in...