BALTIMORE - As the U.S. economy continues to churn toward a full recovery, Maryland is celebrating another month of added jobs.
Speaking at the iconic Domino Sugar refinery in Baltimore, Governor Martin O'Malley announced the state created 7,300 jobs in December according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those jobs include 7,000 in the private sector and an additional 300 in the public sector.
"Maryland is now one of a handful of states to have recovered more than 100 percent of the jobs lost during the recession with over 34,000 jobs created in 2013. While we continue to make tremendous progress, there's still more work to be done," said Governor O'Malley.
The report also highlighted gains in December, in which Maryland recorded the highest number of private sector jobs for the month since before 2003.
Maryland's unemployment rate now stands at 6.1 percent. That's lower than the national average of 6.7 percent.