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Maryland unemployment rate down to 6.5% in January

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland construction contractors took advantage of a mild winter and added 3,000 jobs during typically slow January, helping to force the state’s unemployment rate to its lowest level in three years. The statewide unemployment rate is 6.5 percent, ...

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Economy adds 227K jobs, jobless rate unchanged

WASHINGTON — The United States added 227,000 jobs in February, again surprising economists with the breadth and brawn of the economic recovery. The country has put together the strongest three months of pure job growth since the Great Recession. The ...

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U.S. unemployment applications hover near low levels

WASHINGTON — Slightly more Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week. But the overall level stayed low enough to suggest the job market is strengthening. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications increased by 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted ...

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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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Unemployment applications dip to a 4-year low

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell slightly last week to the lowest point in four years, a further sign that the U.S. job market is improving. A seasonally adjusted 351,000 people sought unemployment aid, down from ...

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Economists see more reasons for optimism this year

NEW YORK — Economists are increasingly confident that some pillars of the U.S. economy will improve this year, but they still remain cautious in their expectations on the overall pace of economic growth. The National Association for Business Economics said ...

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Federal deal trims maximum jobless benefits to 73 weeks

WASHINGTON — Unemployed workers would no longer be able to claim 99 weeks of benefit checks by this summer under a deal being worked out in Congress. Under this week’s compromise for extending a Social Security tax cut through the ...

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Donald C. Fry: Developing a bright, young, local workforce

Employers in Maryland industry sectors such as health care, IT, technical services, manufacturing and sales often complain that too many prospective employees today are “not hirable” for a number of reasons. This is not a phenomenon unique to Maryland, according ...

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