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Unemployment Rate
Maryland added 16,400 jobs in April
Maryland added 16,400 jobs in April

Growth in Maryland's labor market appears to be slowly solidifying, as expansion in a wide range of industries created more jobs in April than in any month in the past five years, driving the state's unemployment rate to its lowest level since 2008. Employers statewide added 16,400 jobs in April, the largest monthly increase since 2010, according to new estimates released Wednesday by the Department of Labor. The unemployment rate declined to 5.3 percent, a tenth of a percentage point lower than last month and below the national average. Underscoring the report's strength, Gov. Larry Hogan issued a statement with the state's release of the monthly figures — the...