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Maryland added more jobs in 2018 than any year since 2000, but shutdown's uncertain economic impact looms

Maryland added more jobs in 2018 than any year since 2000, but shutdown's uncertain economic impact looms

Maryland’s economy finished 2018 off strong, adding thousands of positions and lowering the unemployment rate, a new federal jobs report shows, but the progress likely will be overshadowed soon by the partial government shutdown.

“We finally got some really great jobs numbers, but what does the federal government do but shut down,” said Anirban Basu, chairman and CEO of the Sage Policy Group. “It’s almost as if the federal government couldn’t stand that Maryland and the Baltimore region were becoming so prosperous.”

Maryland added 4,900 jobs in December and about 50,900 in 2018, according to the latest report released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor...

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