Business, Health

Record 83,000 Marylanders file for unemployment due to COVID-19 pandemic

BALTIMORE, MD—As the nation continues to deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, a record number of Marylanders filed for unemployment over the past week. The U.S. Department of Labor reported on Thursday that 83,536 Maryland residents applied for first-time unemployment benefits for the week ended March 28. That figure is almost double the prior week’s record-breaking number of …


Business, Politics

Attorney General Frosh joins lawsuit to safeguard protections for workers in the Fair Labor Standards Act

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Wednesday joined a coalition of 18 attorneys general in filing a lawsuit to stop the Trump Administration from eliminating key labor protections for workers. The lawsuit challenges a United States Department of Labor (USDOL) rule that seeks to unlawfully narrow the joint employment standard under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The …


Maryland adds 6,500 jobs, unemployment rate falls to 3.5%

BALTIMORE, MD—The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday released state jobs and unemployment data. According to the preliminary survey data, Maryland added 6,500 jobs in the month of December. During the past five months, 41,900 jobs have been gained, which is the strongest five-month stretch of job gains since March 2010. Maryland’s unemployment rate has decreased …

Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh facing 11-count federal indictment for wire fraud, tax-related charges

UPDATE 2: Federal prosecutors have recommended that the former mayor be sentenced to nearly five years in prison. UPDATE: The former mayor has pleaded guilty to 4 of 11 federal charges. Original story below… —— BALTIMORE, MD—A federal grand jury has indicted Catherine Elizabeth Pugh, 69, of Baltimore, on the federal charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, seven counts …

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 adds 10K jobs, posting largest gains since May 2015

BALTIMORE, MD—The U.S. Department of Labors Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday released state jobs and unemployment data. According to the preliminary survey data, Maryland added 10,100 jobs in September, which is the largest single month gain since May 2015. Maryland’s unemployment rate has decreased to 3.7%, matching the lowest level of unemployment that Maryland has experienced in the past …

Frosh opposes federal attempt to circumvent civil rights protections

BALTIMORE, MD-Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Tuesday joined a coalition of attorneys general in opposing a new federal rule undermining civil rights protections that prevent federal contractors from discriminating against employees. Under the proposed rule, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) would expand existing exemptions to allow any federal contractor who asserts a religious purpose to discriminate against …

Maryland’s unemployment rate remained at 3.8% in July

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’s unemployment rate remained at 3.8%. Maryland continues to be in its longest stretch of unemployment below 4% since 2008. Maryland’s total jobs decreased by 4,100 in July. Last month, the Education and …