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Manufacturing, housing, defense lifting some areas of Maryland, sinking others (access required)

Just look at the stock market over the last few weeks, jobless figures, unemployment insurance claims or really any metric you can think of and you won't need much, if any, convincing the post-recession recovery has been anything but smooth sailing. The state adds jobs one month and loses them the next. Big stock market gains are erased the next day. Governments in Europe and the United States seem to be taking turns doling out dire economic news. The unevenness, doesn't come just over days, weeks, months and years. It's geographical, too. And that's what you'll find in the story today about Western Maryland, the first piece of The Daily Record's "Help Wanted" series. In Western Maryland, job losses in manufacturing and logistics have slowed the recovery. Washington County, with less than 3 percent of the state's population, has accounted for 15 percent of the manufacturing jobs the state has lost since 2006. In raw numbers, that's 3,500 jobs lost in Washington, a county of 147,000.