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Baltimore County’s November unemployment rate fell to 4.3%, down 0.2% from the previous month, a positive employment trend in Maryland’s third largest jurisdiction. The U.S. unemployment rate stands at 4.4%. 

“This is a strong jobs report for Baltimore County workers. When companies hire, it’s a signal of confidence in our economy,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. 

Baltimore County is making local shopping easier this holiday season with two hours of free meter parking. Parking will be free at 1,735 meters throughout Baltimore County for last-minute shoppers December 21-25, just before Christmas and the start of Hanukkah.  

Parking meters will be decorated with red “Seasons Greetings” bags in Catonsville, Towson, Parkville, Essex, Overlea, Pikesville, Arbutus, Stoneleigh, and Dundalk.

 "The rush is on and Baltimore County is offering a little relief at the parking meter during the busiest days of the holiday season,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “We encourage everyone to support our local merchants for original gifts and personal service.”

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz encouraged local shopping in a video recorded along the Frederick Road shopping district in Catonsville.

By Bryan Dunn, Baltimore County Department of Economic & Workforce Development

Inside the factory, sewing machines line up in rows, sounding like newsroom typewriters clacking in pre-computer days. Workers perform traditional operations, individually marking, cutting and sewing each piece with a master’s touch.

The classic shape of the sewing machines sit naturally on the historic factory floor in Essex. The owner of the Aetna Shirt Company points to a portion of the building that was once a dance hall and men’s club circa 1922. Some of the original floor is still intact.

A century of craftsmanship

Aetna Shirt was founded in Baltimore in 1916. In contrast to its historic setting in eastern Baltimore County, Aetna Shirt combines traditional techniques with digitized marking and cutting technology and computerized machinery to ensure a consistent, yet customized, product. A new 21st century venture, Urban Design, manufactures shirts for retail stores in Japan.  

Dr. Daniel Kohn, owner of Aetna Shirt, describes the company’s focus, “Aetna offers diverse types of shirts including oxford buttons downs, Italian style formals, military formals and lab coats for clients ranging from the U.S. Army and Air Force to Johns Hopkins University.” 

Watch the video below to get an inside look at a lost manufacturing art, alive and well in Baltimore County.


The next generation of shirt-making

Aetna offers tutorials for aspiring designers and shirt-makers. Participants study the shirt-making process to better understand the challenges and advantages of making shirts domestically. Visit to learn more. 

Baltimore County is home to 492 manufacturing companies and 13,800 manufacturing jobs that generate $948 million in total annual wages.

Revised September 26, 2016