Governor Martin O'Malley today issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Labor's release of preliminary employment data for the month of June:
"Last month, Maryland's businesses created 6,200 new jobs. Together, as a state, we've now recovered more than 99 percent of the jobs lost in the national economic downturn -- a significant step forward in our job creation and recovery efforts.
"Thanks to the better choices we've made together, all three bond rating agencies recently affirmed Maryland's fiscally responsible approach by certifying our State as one of only nine with a Triple A bond rating. But there are still too many moms and dads out of work, and that's why the most important job we create is the next one. The O'Malley-Brown Administration is committed to investing in the skills, talents, innovation and creativity of our people so that we can continue to strengthen and grow our State's economy, and move forward by expanding opportunity for our diverse and growing middle class."