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Maryland adds 9,800 jobs in June; unemployment rate falls to 4.3 percent

Maryland adds 9,800 jobs in June; unemployment rate falls to 4.3 percent

Maryland's labor market surged ahead in June, with employers adding nearly 10,000 jobs and the unemployment rate continuing to fall.

The state added 9,800 jobs last month, the Labor Department reported Friday. The gain meant the state's job growth topped 2 percent on a year-over-year basis, outpacing the national rate for the fourth month in a row.

"It's good news to come into the summer with this kind of data," said Daraius Irani, chief economist at Towson University's Regional Economic Studies Institute. "It just shows that Maryland is slowly, slowly, steady-eddie, recovering."

Maryland's labor market lagged the rest of the country during much of...

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