Maryland's unemployment rate dropped to 5.8% in March from 6.5% in February, a full percentage point below in national jobless rate of 6.8%, the state's department of economic and employment development reported.

"Fewer people were unemployed during March than at any time in the past 30 months," said department secretary Mark Wasserman. "Other economic data, especially job growth, also demonstrate that Maryland is continuing its gradual recovery."

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