MACo Recommends Study for On-Site Wastewater Services Bill

On January 15, 2021, MACo Policy Associate Alex Butler testified virtually before the House Environment and Transportation Committee to support HB 302 Environment - On-Site Wastewater Services - Regulation with amendments. This bill would create minimum standards for individuals who perform on-site wastewater systems. From the MACo Testimony: Data presented showed issues with systems were not abundant within three years after installations, suggesting that installers are sufficiently regulated. The vast majority of counties already require licensure for…

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MD Labor Provides Sweeping Update on Unemployment Benefits

The Maryland Department of Labor released a comprehensive update on the processing and payment of unemployment insurance claims during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Maryland Department of Labor, nearly 95% of claims have been processed, over $7.8 billion in benefits have been paid, 2.6% of claims are pending review for possible fraudulent activity, and new illegitimate traffic was detected and blocked. From press release: Nearly 95% of Claims Processed, Vast Majority of Pending Claims…

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Feds Approve MD’s 4-Year Workforce Plan, Hogan Opts to Include Additional Partner Programs

Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson announced that Maryland's 2020 - 2024 State Workforce Plan has been approved by the United States Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services. Under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), passed in 2014, all states are required to develop and submit a 4-year State Workforce Plan. Collaboratively developed, Maryland's plan "maps out the state’s strategic and operational blueprint for connecting Maryland employers with the…

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Maryland Adds 53,900 Jobs, Unemployment Rate Ticks Down

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) last week reported that Maryland added 53,900 jobs in July, and the unemployment rate decreased to 7.6 % — more than 25% lower than the national unemployment rate. Unemployment rates in July ticked down in 30 states, ticked up in 9 states, and remained stable in 11 states. The national unemployment rate fell by 0.9 percentage points over the month to 10.2% — but was…

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Local Govts Continue to Lose Non-Education Jobs, Despite Continued Recovery of Other Major Sectors
Source: NACo Analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Jobs Report Published 07/02/2020
Local Govts Continue to Lose Non-Education Jobs, Despite Continued Recovery of Other Major Sectors

Non-education local government jobs continued to decline for the third consecutive month, decreasing by 13,800 in June and bringing the total number of non-education jobs lost to local government over 537,000. After a loss of 1.3 million local government jobs in April and May, the number of local government jobs remained largely unchanged in June, increasing only by a nominal amount of 0.4 percent (57,000 jobs) – according to the newly released June jobs report…

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Montgomery County’s Minimum Wage to Increase on July 1

The minimum wage in Montgomery County will increase on July 1. As previously reported on Conduit Street, Montgomery County's minimum wage will rise the minimum wage incrementally, each July 1, until it reaches $15 per hour in 2022. The number of workers employed by the business will determine the amount of the increase. The County’s minimum wage will rise to $14 for employers with 51 or more employees and $13.25 for employers with 50 or…

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Department of Labor Launches Four Video Tutorials to Navigate BEACON Unemployment System

The Maryland Department of Labor's Division of Unemployment Insurance has created four new video tutorials to help users navigate the new BEACON One-Stop unemployment system. The videos can be found online on the Department of Labor's social media channels including YouTube, and their website. The series of videos first walks users through the process of activating and logging into their account. https://www.facebook.com/MarylandLabor/posts/3028097667233799 The next tutorial walks users through the process of applying for the Pandemic…

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Worcester County Economy Predicted to Be One of the Hardest Hit in the Country

Worcester County could end up being one of the economically hardest hit regions in America due to the COVID-19 crisis. In an article published by USA Today, financial news service 24/7 Wall Street predicts that Worcester County, Maryland could be the eleventh hardest hit region in the U.S. from an economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 crisis. The methodology used is based primarily on employment rates of hard hit industries, accounting for 80 percent of…

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Missing Weekly Unemployment Claims Can Now Be Filed Online

The Maryland Division of Unemployment Insurance today announced that technical issues caused many claimants to miss the window to file their weekly requests for benefit payment, which are called weekly claim certifications. To remedy the situation, and ensure that claimants receive the full benefit amount for which they are eligible, the State has updated its systems to residents to retroactively file weekly claims online. https://twitter.com/riccimike/status/1248221824028196864 According to a press release: We have implemented a new…

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