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Unemployment up in Maryland

Maryland lost 9,000 jobs in July, according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state unemployment rate increased to 6.1 percent from 5.8 percent in June.

Of the jobs lost, about 5,500 were in state and local government.

In the private sector, educational, health care and social assistance jobs decreased by 5,400, and professional and business services jobs were down by 2,000.

Manufacturing actually grew slightly in the state, adding about 400 jobs, according to the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. But the numbers do not account for anticipated employment declines, such as the expected loss of 160 jobs when Beretta U.S.A. Corp. moves its manufacturing operations out of the state next year.

Maryland was one of 30 states in the nation to experience an increase in the state unemployment rate for July. Only eight states showed an improvement in the metric.