Exceed federal performance standards, for dislocated workers entering employment (employment rate) and retaining employment two quarters after leaving the program
Performance measures are based on the requirements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Some factors that may influence the entered employment rate are, the unemployment rate, the economy, individual motivation, work environment, mass layoffs, business solvency and fit for the employee and the employer. Often, in a strong economy, individuals seeking employment may have multiple challenges to entering the workforce.
The unemployment rate was low for most of 2019 then starting increasing in March 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic began in early 2020 and had created an economic crisis. Lockdowns and social distancing measures led to large increases in unemployment, with some industries being particularly hard hit such the restaurant, leisure and hospitality, retail, personal services, and childcare. In 2014, the highest rate of unemployment was 5.2% compared to 8.1% at the height of the pandemic. The current unemployment rate as of April 2021 is 4.5%.
- Enhance social media presence.
- Maintain and develop strong community partnerships with businesses within both Howard and Carroll counties.
- Continue to provide excellent customer service and outreach efforts to adults and dislocated workers.
- Stay abreast of labor market trends and provide workforce solutions for potential talent to support local and regional labor market needs
Source: Maryland Department of Labor, Office of Workforce Information and Performance (OWIP)