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 December:
"Over the last 12 months, Maryland's businesses created 30,300 new jobs. Last month alone, Maryland's private sector created 7,700 jobs -- our best December for private sector job growth since 1990. Together, the people of our State have recovered more than 80% of the jobs lost during the Bush recession, and our unemployment rate has been driven to 6.6 percent, 15 percent below the national rate.
"Progress is a choice. Job creation is a choice. That's why this week we submitted a jobs budget that makes the better choices to support over 43,000 jobs for Maryland families in the capital budget alone -- a budget that constrains growth below the General Assembly's Spending Affordability Guidelines for the seventh consecutive year while protecting our priorities in education, job creation, innovation and infrastructure that will ensure we remain competitive in the global economy."