Governor Martin O'Malley today released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Labor's release of preliminary employment data for the month of October:
"Last month, Maryland's businesses led the way by creating 16,700 jobs -- the best month for private sector job growth in more than 15 years. Our unemployment rate has been driven down to 6.7 percent, and together we've recovered nearly 85 percent of the jobs lost during the Bush recession.
"Maryland's dynamic private sector continues to prove that we are on the cutting edge of innovation and that our greatest assets are the talents, skills, creativity, ingenuity, and education of our people. A new study released this week by the nonpartisan group The States Project ranks Maryland #2 in the nation for economic opportunity -- a sign that the progress we make together does not happen by chance, but by the choices we make as a State to move forward by growing jobs and opportunity."