Maryland gained 700 jobs in October, boosted by gains in manufacturing and professional services.
The state's preliminary unemployment held steady at 4.2 percent for the second straight month, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Bureau and Labor Statistics.
In October, professional and business services jobs rose 2,600, while education and health services positions increased by 2,500. Manufacturing jobs grew by 900.
During the month, government jobs decreased by 1,500 from September. Leisure and hospitality jobs dropped by 1,400. Construction jobs were down by 900