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Maryland sees second-highest job gains in 7 years during August

Maryland sees second-highest job gains in 7 years during August

Maryland added more than 14,000 jobs in August, the second-highest monthly gain in seven years, as the unemployment rate dipped to a pre-recession level of 3.9 percent, the U.S. Labor Department said Friday.

The state’s jobless rate remained lower than the nation’s, which was 4.4 percent in August, according to the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. It was the lowest unemployment rate in Maryland since May 2008, in the early months of the Great Recession.

Maryland saw an increase of 14,200 jobs from July to August, according to preliminary data, with a surge in professional and business services. The state’s job gain was second only to Georgia’s, which saw...

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