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Maryland jobless rate dips to 5.5 percent

Maryland added 11,000 jobs in December and saw its unemployment rate dip to 5.5 percent, according to data released Tuesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Of the 11,000 jobs added, nearly 97 percent of them were in the private sector, which has added 27,900 jobs since January 2014. The unemployment rate dropped by .1 percent from November.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also revised its November jobs estimate, increasing the jobs gain from 3,800 to 5,000.

Jobs growth came largely from the state’s leisure and hospitality sector, which added 4,600 jobs in December. An additional 3,000 jobs came from mining, logging and construction; education and health services added another 2,900.