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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Virginia lost more jobs in February than any other state. And Maryland wasn't far behind.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says Virginia lost 32,600 positions, over the month. Maryland was fifth, losing 13,800 jobs in February, which was still less than California, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Officials in both states noted that severe winter storms during the month of February likely affected the data.

Maryland officials say the state's unemployment rate rose to 7.7 percent, from 7.5 percent in January. Virginia's crept up to 7.2 percent, up from 6.9 percent in January.

Both states are still well below the national unemployment rate, which was 9.7 percent in February.

On the Net: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/laus.nr0.htm (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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