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Unemployment Rate

Maryland adds 900 jobs in December; unemployment rate unchanged at 4.2 percent

Maryland adds 900 jobs in December; unemployment rate unchanged at 4.2 percent

Maryland's job growth slowed in December as employers added 900 jobs, according to estimates released by the U.S. Department of Labor on Tuesday.

The modest gain left the unemployment rate unchanged at 4.2 percent, but lower than the national 4.7 percent rate.

The state's labor market decelerated in the second half of 2016, closing the year with an annual growth rate of about 1.1 percent, according to Tuesday's estimates. That lagged behind the national rate of about 1.5 percent.

Some of the slowdown is to be expected in a state where the population is increasing by about 1 percent a year, economists said. But the lukewarm growth likely also reflects uncertainty...

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