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Maryland unemployment rate rises despite job growth

With seven straight months of positive job growth, Maryland has become a destination for residents of other states with more devastating unemployment rates, the local director for a temporary employment agency says. That would help explain why the state’s unemployment ...

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Hiring slows amid uncertainty about economy

WASHINGTON — The U.S. job market slowed in March as companies hit the brakes on hiring amid uncertainty about the economy’s growth prospects. The unemployment rate dipped, but mostly because more Americans stopped looking for work. The Labor Department said ...

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Unemployment rates fall in 29 states

WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates fell last month in most U.S. states, including in some hit hardest during the recession. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates declined in 29 states and rose in 8. Rates were unchanged in 13 ...

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New-home sales fell in February for second month

WASHINGTON — Sales of U.S. new homes fell in February for the second straight month, a reminder that the depressed housing market remains weak despite some improvement. The Commerce Department said Friday that new-home sales dropped 1.6 percent last month ...

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U.S. service firms grow at fastest pace in a year

WASHINGTON — U.S. service companies expanded in February at the fastest pace in a year, helped by a rise in new orders and job growth. The Institute for Supply Management said Monday that its index of non-manufacturing activity rose to ...

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Maryland lawmakers convene for session

ANNAPOLIS— Maryland lawmakers are gathering for their annual 90-day legislative session. The session begins Wednesday at noon in Annapolis. Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, and the two presiding officers of the General Assembly are scheduled to talk about the session ...

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Unemployment drops in three-quarters of U.S. states

WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates fell in three-quarters of U.S. states last month, a sign that many parts of the country are experiencing modest job gains. Unemployment rates fell in 36 states in October and rose in only 5, the Labor ...

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Claims for unemployment aid dip but remain high

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dipped slightly last week, though not by enough to suggest that hiring is picking up. Weekly applications for unemployment benefits declined 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 402,000, the Labor Department said ...

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More people sought unemployment aid last week

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans who applied for unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, a sign that the job market remains weak. Weekly applications increased by 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 401,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The modest ...

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