Preliminary numbers show Maryland job growth

Local,Maryland,Andy Brownfield

ANNAPOLIS -- Maryland created thousands of jobs in January, according to preliminary numbers released by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Maryland's economy created 8,200 new jobs in January, according to the preliminary report. The state created 33,600 in 2012.

"Maryland has now recovered 86 percent of the jobs lost during the Bush recession," Gov. Martin O'Malley wrote in a news release. "There are more than 35,000 more Marylanders working than at this time last year, and our unemployment rate has been driven down to 6.7 percent -- 15 percent lower than the national rate."

Nationally, the U.S. economy added 157,000 jobs in January, showing slower growth than in December, when 196,000 jobs were created. The national unemployment rate was 7.9 percent in January.

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