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Maryland Unemployment Rate Continues to Fall

Maryland's unemployment rate continues to remain below the national rate, as the overall jobless rate fell in December.

Maryland's unemployment rate continues to remain below the national rate. File|Patch
Maryland's unemployment rate continues to remain below the national rate. File|Patch

Unemployment continues to drop in Maryland, according to the latest U.S. Department of Labor unemployment numbers, falling to 6.1 percent in December.

The private sector created 7,000 jobs, while the public sector added 300 positions, according to the Baltimore Business Journal.

Job growth means Maryland’s unemployment rate has dropped a full percentage point, from 7.1 percent to 6.1 percent, since July 2013. And it declined from 6.4 percent in November to 6.1 percent last month, federal officials said.

The leisure and hospitality sector saw the biggest growth during the month, adding 2,900 jobs since November, the Business Journal says.

The national unemployment rate dipped below the November rate of 7 percent to 6.7 percent, according to the Department of Labor.

>>Read more about the economy on the Baltimore Business Journal website.

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