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Unemployment Rate
Unemployment falls to 6 percent
Unemployment falls to 6 percent

The unemployment rate in Maryland fell to 6 percent in October, even as job creation remained sluggish. Maryland employers added an estimated 1,400 jobs in October, up about 1 percent since September, according to estimates released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS monthly survey of households reported a sunnier picture, with the number of unemployed falling by about 9,500. That drop — and a continued contraction in the number of people seeking work — helped drive down the unemployment rate from 6.3 percent in September to 6 percent last month. Maryland's jobless rate remains higher than the national average of 5.8 percent. "I don't see an...