ANNAPOLIS, Md - Maryland saw an increase in jobs numbers in March.
According to the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state added 2,300 total jobs last month.
The private sector gained 1,800 jobs.
When compared to last March, Maryland added 14,000 jobs and gained jobs in nine of the last 12 months.
March 2014 unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent—the lowest level since November 2008.
The state's unemployment rate for February was revised downward to 5.6 percent, from the initial estimate of 5.7 percent.
Several factors indicate that Maryland’s economic strength is growing. O'Malley said the state is the top in the nation for economic mobility according to the Pew Center on the States.
For the second year in a row, Maryland is first in the nation for entrepreneurship and innovation according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
In 2013, Maryland ranked fourth in the nation, and first in the region, for total green jobs, according to Environmental Entrepreneurs.