UPDATE: Officials say unemployment rate has decreased from last year in Frederick County, Md.

Workforce officials say they are working hard to keep it that way

FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. - According to Frederick County, Md. officials, the unemployment rate has decreased since last year.

"The county's unemployment rate dropped in September to 3.1 percent, which is incredible. It's lower than both the state and national average,” said Frederick County Council, Executive, Jan Gardner.

Officials at the Frederick County American Job Center said it's a great sign of economic vitality.

"Businesses are growing their hiring individuals. What we do here at workforce services is we assist those businesses in connecting to the talent pool that they need to fill those jobs,” said Frederick County American Job Center, Director, Michelle Day.

"We have anywhere from 70 to 100 people a day coming through our center, accessing workshops, trying to figure out what types of jobs are out there, getting resume assistance in order to be a great candidate on paper and get the interview,” added Day.

Elizabeth Mathews is one of many residents who said the Frederick County American Job Center has helped connect her to different opportunities on her road to employment.

"It's going to enable [me] to find something that I am going to be happy doing as well as being able to be productive in the workforce,” said Mathews.

Workforce officials said they will continue to work hard to keep the Frederick County unemployment rate at this point, and possibly, hopefully get it lower.

"We have new things that we're trying to do around keeping the jobs here locally for individuals. We do an awful amount of business support, so we're out there talking to businesses, and we're aware of their current needs for jobs but also their future needs,” said Day.

On a yearly basis, Frederick County American Job Center officials said they help up to 5,000 people.


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