Business, Politics

$20 million available for small businesses through expanded COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Labor (Labor) on Wednesday announced that an additional $20 million in funding would be made available for Maryland’s small businesses through an expansion of the COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund. Businesses undergoing financial stresses due to the pandemic can apply for up to $50,000 in flexible and customizable funding to maintain their workforce beginning on Wednesday, …


Business, Politics

Maryland adds 18,200 jobs in September

BALTIMORE, MD—The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics on Tuesday released state jobs and unemployment data. According to the preliminary survey data, Maryland added 18,200 jobs and the unemployment rate increased to 7.2% in September. In the last five months, Maryland has gained a total of 194,900 jobs, with 201,300 jobs gained in the private sector. While private …


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 …

Maryland adds 24,200 jobs in August, unemployment rate falls to 6.9%

BALTIMORE, MD—The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics released state jobs and unemployment data on Friday. According to the preliminary survey data, Maryland added 24,200 jobs and the unemployment rate decreased to 6.9% in August. In the last four months, Maryland has gained 183,200 jobs. The Leisure and Hospitality sector experienced the most growth with an increase of …

Unemployed Marylanders to begin receiving extra $300 payments this week

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Tiffany P. Robinson on Wednesday announced that the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program, offering claimants an additional $300 per week in retroactive federal benefits, will be launching ahead of schedule this Friday, September 11th. After being initially approved for three weeks of LWA funding, Maryland has now been approved by the Federal Emergency Management …

State of Maryland applies for additional $300 per week in federal unemployment benefits

UPDATE: Maryland’s request has been approved by FEMA – details here. Original story below… —— ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday announced that Maryland has submitted an application to the Federal Emergency Management Administration for the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) grant, which will provide an additional $300 per week to Marylanders who are unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Maryland …

Maryland Department of Labor announces 13 weeks of extended unemployment benefits available for eligible claimants

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Labor on Friday announced that Maryland has begun offering an additional 13 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits through the Federal-State Extended Benefits program. Under federal and state law, the Extended Benefits program is available for claimants who have exhausted both their 26 weeks of regular unemployment benefits and 13 weeks of the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment …

Maryland’s Work Sharing Unemployment Insurance Program continues to expand

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced that 223 businesses have now been approved to participate in the Maryland Department of Labor’s Work Sharing Unemployment Insurance Program. As Marylanders continue to navigate challenges related to COVID-19, this program preserves jobs by providing employers with a flexible alternative to layoffs. Employees can be retained at reduced hours while collecting partial unemployment …