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Exceed federal performance standards, for dislocated workers entering employment (employment rate) and retaining employment two quarters after leaving the program


FY19 Actual


Objective Description

Howard County provides a variety of employment and training services and resources for unemployed and underemployed individuals (Adults and Dislocated Workers) to assist them in obtaining employment and filling labor market demand through the Office of Workforce Development. The office works with those who are returning to the workforce, seeking a high school diploma, looking for a career change or those who have been laid off. Customers are helped by repackaging their experience, identifying needs for additional training, and improving their job search process. This contributes to the vibrant economy of the region and allows us to connect business and talent in all professions. To sustain federal funding, the individuals who work with our programs need to obtain and maintain employment two quarters after leaving our program. Performance for this objective is calculated for the Mid-Maryland Workforce Development Area, which includes Howard and Carroll counties.

Trend Analysis

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.


  • 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)

Detailed Analysis

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