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Jobs increase in April; unemployment at 5.5 percent

Maryland gained 9,300 jobs in April, the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation announced Friday, according to reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Of those, 7,600 came from the private sector, and 1,700 from the government.

The unemployment rate dropped once again, to 5.5 percent. About 6,100 people dropped out of the labor force.

March jobs numbers were also revised to 3,500 jobs gained, compared to the 2,300 originally reported.

The highest-performing sector was professional and business services, which added 3,100 jobs in April.