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Workforce

Our productive, dedicated, and well-rounded regional workforce of 400,000 has made the county a choice location for manufacturers, financial services, and distribution companies. This existing workforce provides an incredible opportunity to new businesses and those looking to expand, as a highly-educated and skilled workforce lives right here in our own backyard.

Over 12% of our workforce is involved in manufacturing activities— more than twice the average for the State of Maryland. Government, business, and community organizations partner together to continue to diversify the local economy. As a result, aero defense, engineering, and advanced technology sectors are becoming a larger part of our industrial mix.

Regional Workforce Draw - June 2017

State/CountyPopulation*Labor ForceEmployedUEUE RateNo. of Commuters into W. County**
State of Maryland6,016,4473,230,8143,098,784132,0304.1%
United States323,127,513160,145,000153,168,0006,977,0004.4%
Maryland
Washington County150,29278,20874,6873,5214.5%21,987***
Allegany County72,13032,55630,6631,8935.8%588
Frederick County247,591133,26012,2964,9643.7%1,968
Pennsylvania
Franklin County153,85177,30073,8003,5004.6%9,284
Fulton County14,6407,2006,8004005.1%1,142
West Virginia
Berkeley County113,52556,34054,2902,0503.6%5,290
Jefferson County56,36830,19029,2309603.2%442
Morgan County17,6327,9207,6003104.0%882
Total Regional Workforce826,029422,974405,36617,59819,596
Employment and unemployment data are seasonally adjusted
*U.S. Census Bureau - 2016 Population Estimates
**Commuters entering the County; U.S. Census Bureau ACS Data 2010 - Journey-to-Work Commutation
*** Residents commuting out of County; U.S. Census Bureau ACS Data 2010 - Journey-to-Work Commutation
MD Monthly Labor Review - March 2017
PA Department of Labor & Industry - Work Stats - County Profile - May 2017
WV - WorkForceWV.org-LMI - April 2017

Employment History Chart

Employment*2016201520142013201220112010
Civilian Labor Force76,59176,02269,31870,78069,06569,46369,567
Employment72,58871,04564,50065,70463,15262,66862,017
Unemployment4,0034,4444,8395,2635,9146,7957,550
Unemployment Rate5.2%5.8%7.0%7.4%8.6%9.8%10.9%
*Annual averages. Data are not seasonally adjusted. Figures represent the number of county residents employed, including those working outside of the community.
SOURCE: 
MD Dept. of Labor, Licensing & Regulation, Office of Labor Market Analysis & Information (2011).

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