Business, Politics

Olszewski nominates former state labor secretary to lead Department of Economic and Workforce Development

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Thursday nominated Leonard J. Howie III to serve as the County’s Director of Economic and Workforce Development. Howie, who formerly served as Maryland Secretary of the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (DLLR), brings more than 30 years of management experience and more than a decade in senior leadership roles in state and …


Business, Politics

Maryland adds 10,700 jobs, unemployment rate falls to 3.6%

BALTIMORE, MD—The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on Tuesday released state jobs and unemployment data. According to the preliminary survey data, Maryland added 10,700 jobs in October. During the past three months, 27,400 jobs have been gained, which is the largest three-month gain since 2010. Maryland’s unemployment rate has decreased to 3.6%, which is the lowest …


Maryland doubles maximum funding amount for proposals to invest in registered apprenticeships

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Labor on Friday announced that it would be increasing the maximum funding request amount for its nationally-recognized Apprenticeship Innovation Fund (AIF) grants from $50,000 to $100,000. The AIF is designed to provide seed money to businesses committed to creating new and innovative apprenticeship opportunities to meet their workforce talent pipeline needs. “Since its creation, the …

Maryland approves 3 new apprenticeship programs, adds 11 youth apprenticeship employers

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Labor on Wednesday announced that the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council had approved three new registered apprenticeship programs and 11 new youth apprenticeship employers. These additions to Maryland’s apprenticeship programs are expanding opportunities for students and workers in high-wage skilled trade jobs and non-traditional industries while supporting the workforce needs of local businesses. “As Maryland …

DLLR: Unemployment rate remained steady in August

BALTIMORE, MD—The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on Friday released state jobs and unemployment data. According to the preliminary survey data, Maryland added 500 jobs in August. Maryland’s unemployment rate remained at 3.8%. Maryland continues to be in its longest stretch of unemployment below 4% since 2008. Last month, the Financial Activities sector experienced the most …

Maryland Department of Labor database breached

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Department of Labor on Friday began notifying 78,000 customers about potential unauthorized activity on two of its database systems. While some personally identifiable information may have been accessed without authorization, an investigation conducted by the DLLR has not yet revealed any misuse of the accessed data. Earlier this year, at the request of the Maryland …

Gov. Hogan announces #MDHelps effort to support federal workers during government shutdown

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan on Thursday announced #MDHelps, a state multi-agency effort to support federal workers who have been affected by the ongoing partial government shutdown. The initiative was announced at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, where the governor greeted federal workers from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and FBI, as well as Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic …

Governor Hogan announces statewide flood response efforts

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan has directed Maryland state agencies to coordinate and work together to keep Marylanders safe and informed following Sunday’s severe weather, which included extensive and persistent rain, major flooding, and power outages in multiple locations throughout the state. Ellicott City in Howard County was particularly devastated by this weather event, which also included significant flooding in …