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Unemployment drops in Maryland

(AP) Unemployment rates fell in Maryland and 33 other states in October, a sign that steady hiring this year has been broadly dispersed through most of the country. Maryland’s rate dropped to 6.0 percent, from 6.3 percent in September. Nationwide, the rate was 5.8 percent in October, a six-year low. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates rose in five states, the fewest since April, and were unchanged in 11 states. U.S. employers added 214,000 jobs in October, the ninth straight month of gains above 200,000. That’s the longest such stretch since 1995. Georgia had the highest unemployment rate in October, at 7.7 percent. North Dakota continued to have the lowest rate, at 2.8 percent.

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