Maryland gained nearly 20,000 jobs in March, outpacing the rest of the country and holding the state's unemployment rate at 4.7 percent even as more workers joined the labor force.
The state added 19,300 jobs between February and March of this year, according to data out Friday from the U.S. Department of Labor. It was the largest month-to-month gain of any state in the country.
Maryland has now added 62,400 jobs since March of last year. The state's unemployment rate is down from 5.3 percent a year ago.
"It's a very positive report today," said Andrew Bauer, a senior regional economist at the Baltimore branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. "We had more people coming into the labor force. Those people were able to find jobs."