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 January:
"Today's jobs report reaffirms the strength of Maryland's private sector job growth as our businesses continue to lead the way by creating 8,200 new jobs in January. This signals a strong start to 2013 after 33,600 new jobs were created in 2012.
"Maryland has now recovered 86 percent of the jobs lost during the Bush recession. There are more than 35,000 more Marylanders working than at this time last year, and our unemployment rate has been driven down to 6.7 percent -- 15 percent lower than the national rate.
"Job creation remains our number-one priority. Together, with leaders in the General Assembly we passed the EARN bill to help more Marylanders obtain the skills-training necessary to secure the jobs in highest demand. And in the remaining weeks of the legislative session, we continue our work to pass an agenda that will create opportunities for families, strengthen businesses, and fuel the job-creating potential of Maryland's world class innovation economy. The most important job we create is the next one."