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Spin v. reality in Md. job numbers [Editorial]

Spin v. reality in Md. job numbers [Editorial]

The headline on the news release out of Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation yesterday sounded pretty great: "Private Sector Gains 18,700 Jobs Over-the-Year."

Read the body of the release, though, and you'll discover the actual news was not so great. In July, it says, Maryland actually lost 9,000 jobs, one of the worst performances in the nation and a distinct outlier in a month when 36 states and Washington, D.C., gained jobs. Not that the agency was dwelling on that. "Still, four out of seven months in 2014 have posted over-the-month total job gains," the release said. "Compared with July 2013, Maryland total jobs are up by 16,300....