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crab malletTim Murphy, Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development

Apparently, folks have been digging into a lot more steamed crabs and slurping more spicy crab soup if sales at J.O. Spice Company are any indication.  The Halethorpe company, established in 1945, manufactures crab seasonings, soups, batters and breadings for restaurants.   J.O. Spice’s online and retail stores offer seasonings and soups, plus Maryland crab jewelry, engraved mallets, crafts, and other “crabby” items. The company has just added 17,000 square feet of space to expand the growing retail portion of their business.

You can find J.O. Spice products in many crab houses throughout Maryland, by visiting the new store or online at www.jospices.com . 

To celebrate their newly expanded retail store, J.O. Spice is holding a ribbon cutting Saturday, April 5, at 11:00 a.m. at 3721 Old Georgetown Road in Halethorpe.  All are welcome to attend for tastings, giveaways, and more. 

Stop by so you’re ready for outdoor crab season!


photo of youth working in the fieldBarbara Woods
 Baltimore County Department of Economic Development, Workforce Development

"Working this summer made me a better person, a better employee and a better student." That's how one youth described his experience after participating in Baltimore County's 2013 Summer Youth Employment Program.

Over 200 participants ages 15-22 participated in this six-week program designed for youth to gain an appreciation of the labor market, gain insights into their own strengths as employable citizens, and learn marketable skills.  Youth who were homeless, in foster care, disabled and economically disadvantaged worked 30 hours a week earning $8.00 an hour. The work experiences were provided by over 75 employers from the County's business community including public, private and non-profit organizations. Wages were supported by funds from the Division of Rehabilitation Services, Department of Social Services, Maryland Summer Youth Connections and the Workforce Investment Act. The summer program was sponsored by Baltimore County Department of Economic Development – Division of Workforce Development.

A highlight was New Horizon II, a partnership among Baltimore County’s Division of Workforce Development, Y of Central Maryland, Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation and Baltimore County Public Schools. The program provided 25 homeless youth, ages 15 – 21 a morning of academic instruction and employability training, followed by an afternoon of real-world work experience. The academic program, administered by Baltimore County Public School teachers, assisted youth in attaining the necessary credits to graduate from high school.  Since the program was located in Dundalk, work experiences were provided by area businesses including the Dundalk Eagle, Dundalk Renaissance Corporation, Police Athletic League, Access Art, and Blue Ocean Property Management.

The summer program was a win-win for youth and employers. Youth gained valuable experience working as office clerks, senior center aides, camp counselors and custodians.  Employers served as mentors and taught the youth basic work skills.  Both youth and employers experienced a summer they will never forget. As one young participant said, "When I leave this program, I will take with me some work experience, some new friends, and a different outlook on the world of work."


Image of CMS Headquarters

Helga Weschke
Baltimore County Department of Economic Development

Did you know that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is headquartered in Woodlawn and employs nearly 4,000 people?  And CMS is hiring, with authorization to hire for 450 jobs in Woodlawn and over 750 positions nationwide.  

CMS administers the federal Medicare program and partners with state governments to administer Medicaid, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, and health insurance portability standards.

Health Insurance Specialists are in particular demand in Woodlawn. These specialists develop, interpret, and implement health care policies. You may only see this job posted once on their website, but don’t worry.  . . one posting may represent 10 or 20 job openings for health insurance specialists. Other positions that may be available include:

  • Actuary                      
  • Office Support
  • Medical Officer
  • Nurse Consultant
  • Social Science Research Analyst
  • Information Technology Specialist
  • Management Analyst
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Accountant
  • Auditor

Special consideration is given to recent Veterans. You can find job descriptions and more information on CMS career opportunities at www.cms.gov/careersatcms .  Applications are only accepted on-line through http://www.usajobs.gov/ . Check back often, as CMS posts new jobs frequently.

Baltimore County’s workforce development system recently organized a successful informational event on job opportunities at CMS. Over 200 candidates learned about available jobs and the hiring process and met with agency recruitment officials. 

Whether your expertise is IT, HR, CPA, or RN, there may be a great new job for you at CMS.


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