The economy across Maryland remains strong. During 2003 and 2004, over 45,000 jobs were created. The job growth was in all industries, including tourism, production, manufacturing, government and educational industries. Earnings have also climbed 2.6%, bringing the median household income to $79,000. The unemployment rate is 4.3% for 2006, which is up slightly from 2005 when it averaged 4.1%.
Maryland has 1,421 schools across the state. They spend $9,458 every year on the education of its students. The NAEP scores for fourth graders who knew the basic requirements for math was 73% in 2003 and 7% in 2005. The percent of 8th graders who were at or above basic requirements for math was 67% and 66% for the years 2003 and 2005 respectively. The graduation rate has improved during the past ten years. 83.8% of the students are graduating, which is an increase from 78.4% since 1990.