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Maryland Department of Labor begins accepting claims, issuing payments for extended pandemic unemployment insurance programs

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced that the Maryland Department of Labor had begun accepting claims and issuing payments for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Unemployment Emergency Compensation (PEUC), and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) unemployment insurance programs extended by the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act. “Just one week after the federal COVID-19 relief package was signed …


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Maryland adds 24,100 jobs in November, unemployment rate falls to 6.8%

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 24,100 jobs and the unemployment rate decreased to 6.8% in November—the lowest level since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. In its current recovery, Maryland has regained a total of 245,700 jobs, with 254,800 …


Governor Hogan, Lt. Governor Rutherford targeted in unemployment fraud scheme

BALTIMORE, MD—The State of Maryland on Wednesday announced that officials had uncovered an unemployment insurance fraud scheme targeting high-ranking state government officials, including Governor Larry Hogan, Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford, Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson, and several other members of the governor’s cabinet. “We have been more aggressive than any state in going after the rampant fraud that is targeting …

Federal pandemic unemployment insurance programs set to expire in Maryland on December 26

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Labor on Wednesday announced that according to guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor, the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Unemployment Emergency Compensation (PEUC) unemployment insurance programs program created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act will expire in Maryland on December 26. “With these two federal unemployment insurance programs …

Maryland adds 10,200 jobs in October

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 10,200 jobs and the unemployment rate increased to 7.8% in October. In the last six months, Maryland has gained a total of 206,300 jobs, with 220,900 jobs gained in the private sector. The …

Maryland Department of Labor provides update on unemployment fraud investigation

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Labor on Wednesday provided an update about the department’s ongoing unemployment insurance fraud prevention, detection, and investigation efforts. “With bad actors continuing to target the important unemployment insurance funds intended to help those in need, our department has maintained heightened security measures to prevent and detect fraudulent activity,” said Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson. “We have …

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 …

Governor Hogan announces expanded capacity for indoor dining, celebrates Maryland Restaurant Week [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Friday marked the beginning of the state’s first-ever Maryland Restaurant Week by announcing expanded capacity for indoor dining. Effective Monday, September 21 at 5:00 p.m., capacity for indoor operations at restaurants may increase from 50 to 75 percent, with appropriate distancing, and following strict public health requirements consistent with the CDC, FDA, and the National …