Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Top Maryland employers

From agriculture and manufacturing to military contracting and natural gas production, Maryland's economy is diverse.

And it is this broad spectrum of enterprising activity -- which also encompasses the offices of 21 federal government agencies in Montgomery County and the services performed at the Port of Baltimore -- that continues to allow Maryland to weather the national economic recession better than most states.

"We have one of the most educated workforces in the country," said Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele. "And this is not just a result of being close to the federal government. It's in the private sector, too. We are becoming a hub for...