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 August:
"Last month, Marylanders created 9,700 new jobs. Together, we have now recovered 100 percent of the jobs we lost as a result of the national recession. Today, there are 43,300 more Marylanders working than this time last year, and our unemployment rate has been driven down to 7 percent, below the national rate.
"Today's jobs report also reaffirms the strength of Maryland's dynamic private sector. Over the past 12 months, our businesses have created 37,800 jobs -- nearly 9 out of every 10 new jobs created in our state.
"As we reach this milestone in Maryland's economic recovery, we must remember that our work is not done. We need to continue our work building an economy that creates even more middle class opportunities, and creates prosperity for Maryland from the middle out."