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Maryland unemployment rate stays at 6.5 percent

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland’s unemployment rate remains at 6.5 percent, despite a sixth straight month of job growth.

The state added 8,000 jobs in February, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor. The department also revised job gains for January, now saying the state added 9,100 jobs.

Almost 11,000 jobs were added in the private sector in February — balancing big gains in education, health care, social assistance and business services with losses in hospitality and trades — but 2,500 government jobs were lost.

The national unemployment rate is 8.3 percent.

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