If it feels like every month our national economy is taking three steps forward and then one step back, that’s because, as a country, for every three jobs the private sector creates, the public sector eliminates one. While the private sector has created net new jobs for 21 consecutive months (for the first time since 2005-2006), the public sector has lost jobs 16 out of the last 18 months.
Here in Maryland, over the last month while our private sector created 4,300 jobs, 2,300 moms and dads working in the public sector lost theirs, in a year in which Maryland has created 26,700 net new jobs (98.5 percent in the private sector).
Police officers, fighter fighters, teachers – all these public sector jobs, are jobs we cannot afford to lose. They are jobs that allow moms and dads to put food on the table, pay their mortgage or rent, send their kids to college, heat their homes in the winter, and serve as a multiplier for our economic growth.
Public sector job losses can kill this fragile jobs recovery just as surely as private sector job losses can kill this jobs recovery. We have to move forward together.
Martin O'Malley is the Governor of Maryland. He writes a regular blog for his official website.