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February was a bad month for Maryland workers: Employers cut 13,800 jobs, one of the biggest decreases in the nation, according to new government estimates.

Only Virginia, California, Michigan and Pennsylvania saw bigger drops, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday morning.

Maryland’s unemployment rate rose to 7.7 percent last month from 7.5 percent in January. That remains below the national jobless rate of 9.7 percent.

The numbers are preliminary and are also adjusted to try to account for normal seasonal variations in hiring and layoffs.

All told, nearly 230,000 Maryland residents were looking for work last month without success.

VIA Baltimore Sun