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O’Malley Announces Welfare To Work Numbers

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Gov. Martin O’Malley says 12,504 people left welfare and found jobs in the year ending Sept. 30

The governor announced Monday that’s a record number for the state. He also says more than one-third of the jobs pay $10 an hour or more.

O’Malley made the announcement during a visit to Johns Hopkins Hospital System, where a public-private partnership trains welfare recipients for careers.

The Maryland Department of Human Resources says since the caseload peaked in December 2010, there are 26 percent fewer work-eligible individuals receiving Temporary Cash Assistance now.

The department also says the overall caseload has decreased 8.7 percent since 2011 from 28,828 to 26,309 now.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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