More Jobs and Less Crime in 2011

Last year was a great year for progress in Maryland. Nearly 27,000 new jobs were created. Crime dropped to its lowest levels since 1975. And our schools are still ranked first in the nation.

Last week, Governor O’Malley gave a briefing, which showed just how much progress was made.

Click any image to enlarge. Images are directly from the briefing.

Maryland has enjoyed better economic growth compared to Virginia, and it is part of a trend of national economic recovery. The US economy creates about 200,000 new jobs every month, suggesting that President Obama’s policies are beginning to see effect. The national unemployment rate has now dropped to 8.5%, the lowest in almost three years.

Maryland’s recovery rate is actually better than the national average.

According to the FBI uniform crime reports, the total amount of violent crimes has fallen every year since O’Malley was elected in 2006. The crime rate in Baltimore City has also decreased each year.

On top of these statistics, Maryland is also one of eight states to still have a triple-A bond rating from all three rating agencies. And as a result of the new health care law, 300,000 more Marylanders are insured than last year.

Click here to see the Governor’s presentation and even more information about the progress our state has made this past year.

We will be working together to make 2012 an even better year than 2011. Thanks for all your support!