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Maryland employers added 10,500 jobs in December

Maryland employers added 10,500 jobs in December

Hiring surged in Maryland last month, ending a positive, if uneven, year for Maryland's labor market on a high note.

Employers in the state added 10,500 jobs in December, with the health sector accounting for almost half of the new positions, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Labor Department.

The monthly gain was the fourth-largest for the state in the past 12 months, putting the annual growth rate at about 2 percent, which is higher than the national average.

Gov. Larry Hogan said the report was further evidence of an economy that is gaining strength.

"It is more great news for Marylanders, as we continue to grow the private sector and...