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The Associated Press February 17, 2010, 5:33PM ET

Md. gov says 20,000 jobs created, saved in state

Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration on Wednesday reported the number of jobs that have been created or saved in Maryland in its second quarter report to the federal government on how economic stimulus money has been used.

The administration said nearly 20,000 jobs have been created or saved in the state.

Of those, 3,704 are jobs that are being directly supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was approved a year ago. About 1,494 of the direct jobs are the result of spending in education, the administration said.

The second quarter report also cites about 1,575 indirect jobs, which are those that support work funded by stimulus money, but not paid by direct federal economic recovery money. About 877 of those jobs have resulted due to spending in health care.

Most of the jobs, about 14,354, are "induced," which means they were created by increases in consumer activity due to recovery act dollars. About 8,475 induced jobs are in health care.

The direct jobs have been reported to the federal government. The indirect and induced jobs are estimates based on an economic models.

Maryland received about $4.2 billion in federal stimulus money.

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