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Maryland adds 13,500 jobs in May, new estimates show

Maryland has posted job gains in four of five months this year after adding 13,500 jobs in May, according to estimates released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The five-digit increase follows a similar gain in April, when Maryland added 16,300 jobs (revised from an initial estimate of 16,400). The two-month increase is the state’s largest since 2010.

Since January, the state’s private sector has added 23,200 jobs, data from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation showed.

Maryland’s unemployment rate of 5.3 percent remained unchanged from last month and slightly below the national rate of 5.5 percent.

Nationally, more than 280,000 jobs were added in May, the largest increase for a single month in 2015, and the unemployment rate rose slightly from 5.4 percent in April to 5.5 percent.

For Maryland, the biggest job gains came in the Mining, Logging and Construction (4,500 new jobs) and Leisure and Hospitality (4,400) sectors, due mostly to jobs added in construction and food services.

Other large increases came in the Trade, Transportation, and Utilities and Education and Health Services sectors, which each added more than 1,000 jobs.