MARYLAND - The number of new jobs created this December in Maryland, drives the state's unemployment rate down to 6.1 percent, which is the highest monthly number of private sector jobs since before 2003.
How many jobs is that exactly? 7,300. That puts December's unemployment rate significantly below the national rate of 6.7 percent.
Governor Martin O' Malley made the announcement Tuesday, saying "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."