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Maryland adds 6,100 jobs in February
Maryland adds 6,100 jobs in February

Maryland employers added 6,100 jobs in February, one of the largest monthly gains in a year, but with gains split almost evenly between the public and private sectors, the growth underscores the task the state faces as it works to make itself less reliant on government jobs. The increases, reported Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor, helped keep the state’s unemployment rate steady at 5.5 percent, matching the national average, as more people entered the labor force. Government added 3,000 jobs, largely at the state and local levels, last month. In the private sector, the strongest growth came from the professional and business services category — an area that includes...