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Maryland adds 200 jobs, unemployment rate drops to 4.6 percent

Maryland adds 200 jobs, unemployment rate drops to 4.6 percent

After a blockbuster month for hiring in March, Maryland employers added 200 jobs in April, a small gain that nevertheless helped drive down the unemployment rate to 4.6 percent, according to estimates the Labor Department released Friday.

Although the monthly increase was small, annual job growth in Maryland topped 2 percent, outpacing the national average for the second month in a row, after lagging for about five years.

"This report was somewhat mixed but overall, take a step back and look at the changes over the last 12 months — you're seeing very solid labor market growth," said R. Andrew Bauer, a Baltimore-based economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of...

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