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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 one 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...