Statement from Governor Martin O'Malley on September Employment Report for Maryland
ANNAPOLIS, MD (October 22, 2010) – Governor Martin O’Malley issued this statement today following the announcement that Maryland employers added 4,800 jobs in September, generating approximately 36,400 net jobs since January.
“As the nation loses jobs, Maryland continues to add them. September’s jobs report shows Maryland is adding jobs at a rate that is triple that of the rest of the nation.
“We will continue to focus our energies on creating jobs, saving jobs, and helping our small businesses create and save jobs, delivering results for the people of our state even in tough times.”
The Maryland economy added 4,800 jobs in September, representing a .2% monthly growth. Nationally, the U.S. economy lost 95,000 jobs for a .1% monthly loss. As this chart indicates, even as economic trends decline nationally, Maryland continues to create jobs better than the rest of the nation. Maryland total employment increased compared to year-ago levels for the fourth consecutive month. Since January, Maryland employers have added 36,400 to payrolls which is the largest year-to-date gain in Maryland since 2000. Unemployment in Maryland remains about 22% lower than the national average.