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Maryland lost 5,700 jobs in March
Maryland lost 5,700 jobs in March

Maryland employers shed about 5,700 jobs in March, a month when the nation experienced its weakest job growth since 2013, according to estimates released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Labor. The March losses followed seven consecutive months of increased hiring in Maryland, as the state's labor market — which had lagged behind the rest of the country — appeared to be picking up steam. Payrolls in the public sector fell by 3,300, while the largest private-sector declines came in the professional and business services sector, which cut about 1,700 jobs. Jobs in the construction sector — often used as a bellwether for broader economic activity — declined by...