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Baltimore County Unemployment Rate Dips to 5.6 Percent

Significantly Lower Than U.S. Rate

Towson, Maryland (May 22, 2013) – Baltimore County's unemployment rate dipped to 5.6 percent in April, the lowest rate since the recession. The County's unemployment rate is now lower than the United States' rate of 6.3 percent and slightly above Maryland's 5.3 percent rate, according to the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

 "The April unemployment rate signals Baltimore County's dramatic improvement in putting people back to work," said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. "When I came into office in December 2010 in the middle of a recession, the County's unemployment rate stood at 8.0 percent. Four years later, a 5.6 percent rate shows the resiliency, diversity and strength of Baltimore County's business community. While there are still too many people looking for work or under-employed, we are making steady progress."

"This positive employment trend is great news for the County's economic health," said Councilwoman Cathy Bevins, chair of the Baltimore County Council.

"An unemployment rate falling to pre-recession levels reflects the strength of our employers and the hard work of our County workforce teams helping people return to employment," said Will Anderson, Director of Economic and Workforce Development.