O'Malley upbeat about uptick in Md. employment
With jobs a central issue in Maryland's race for governor, the Democratic incumbent got some welcome news Friday: The number of employed Marylanders increased for the first time in more than two years in March, with the state adding an estimated 35,800 jobs.
Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) was quick to crow about the numbers in a statement, saying: "While we still have a way to go, these jobs numbers show that our economy is beginning to turn in a positive direction. We will continue to focus our energies on creating jobs, saving jobs and improving the conditions under which small businesses can create and save jobs in order to keep Maryland moving forward."
Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), who is engaged in a rematch with O'Malley, is focusing on small-business issues for the second day in a row. Ehrlich is scheduled to meet Friday afternoon with employees of a supplier of construction materials in Waldorf. On Thursday, Ehrlich heard from small-business owners in Annapolis about challenges facing their businesses.
April 16, 2010; 11:26 AM ET
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