Baltimore County Now
Kevin Kamenetz, Baltimore County Executive
This is a story of economic growth and opportunity. But to appreciate change, it’s sometimes helpful to look back.
If you were job hunting four years ago, it was a pretty tough time. Optimism and “help wanted” posts were in short supply. The national and local economies were still clawing their way out of the great recession. Baltimore County in 2010 posted an unemployment rate of 8%.
Fast forward to 2014.
Baltimore County’s unemployment rate fell to 5.4% for November and December 2014. That’s better than Maryland at 5.5% and the U.S. at 5.6%. We haven’t seen a monthly unemployment rate this low since November of 2008, before the recession hit hard.
Baltimore County’s employment picture continues to be positive as more people are finding jobs in a steadily improving economy. One of our county’s greatest strengths is the diversity of our business community. Major employers include corporate giants such as McCormick, T. Rowe Price and Stanley Black & Decker. Five major hospitals and five colleges and universities offer solid employment opportunities. Entrepreneurial tech companies and a strong tourism and hospitality industry add to the growth.
We still have work to do. There are still too many people looking for work or who are underemployed. The professional career counselors at our County workforce development centers continue to help job seekers match their skills to the needs of employers.
But all in all, today’s Baltimore County job market stands much stronger than it did four years ago. And that’s reason for optimism.
Fronda Cohen, Director, Baltimore County Arts & Sciences Commission
This is about creativity. And it starts with a few numbers.
Every day, more than 1,800 people work in 591 visual arts and photography businesses in Baltimore County. No, that does not count folks taking selfies. These are real jobs in real companies.
Film, radio and television companies employ over 1,700 people, with nearly 1,000 people working in music, theater and the performing arts in Baltimore County.
All told, Baltimore County is home to 1,924 arts-related businesses that employ 6,448 people according 2014 Dunn & Bradstreet data. Creative industries represent 4.4% of all businesses in Baltimore County, from performing and visual arts to design and publishing.
But this is more than a numbers game. Creative industries represent significant economic impact, stimulate innovation, and enrich our quality of life.
So whether you are an artist at a game development company, photographer, theater director, musician, advertising writer, designer, television producer or on the film crew, you’re in good company in Baltimore County.
Bring on the imagination!
Julia Lynton-Brown, Talent Management Coordinator, Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development
Let’s face it. Looking for a job can be a challenging, frustrating and sometimes lonely effort. Baltimore County’s Workforce Development Centers can help. Clients who visit the County’s Eastpoint, Hunt Valley or Liberty Center in Randallstown will experience a warm and friendly team of career professionals to assist with services such as professional development seminars, career counseling, resume review and job interview assistance. By registering in the Maryland Workforce Exchange (MWE), jobseekers can also have access to employment opportunities, onsite recruitment events and timely labor market information.
Companies with jobs to fill work with Baltimore County’s Business Services team to connect with talented workers through free, customized onsite recruitments. Recent opportunities ranged from corporate call centers to manufacturing, with informational and interviewing sessions for companies such as McCormick, Toyota Financial, BD (Becton Dickinson) and Access Receivables.
“Strategic partnerships among the County’s Business Services team, Workforce Development Centers and our business partners have resulted in full-time opportunities offering competitive wages and benefits for many of our customers” said Leo Martinelli, Hunt Valley Workforce Development Center Manager.
Outreach and pre-screening by center staff is key to ensuring businesses meet well qualified candidates. BD and Toyota Financial have returned twice and hired qualified candidates as a direct result of workforce recruitment sessions. Access Receivables, one of the most recent businesses to partner with Economic and Workforce Development, hired additional workforce candidates.
“All service related businesses revolve around the ability to find, hire and train excellent people. In our experience with the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development, we’ve achieved our hiring goals. We believe this success was entirely due to our partnership with the County and a mutual understanding of this business challenge, said Kevin Gillespie, Vice President of Access Receivables in Hunt Valley. “It is our hope to continue this partnership, as their dedicated team of professionals have built an excellent model for local employers, the local workforce and the entire community.”
“This has been one of the most successful methods for us to find and hire the talent needed to fill our Corporate Call Center opportunities,” states Scott Brooke, Talent Acquisition Consultant for Toyota Financial Services in Owings Mills.
“The talent is always professional and well prepared for the interview,” added Cindy Denholm, HR Partner for BD in Sparks.
Whether you are looking for a job or a company looking for qualified candidates, Baltimore County Economic and Workforce Development can provide free, professional help. Details and resources for job seekers and businesses are available online or by calling 410-887-8000.