Upper Shore, Maryland
The Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board area encompasses Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester Counties. The geographical scope of the area is 1800 square miles or approximately 20% of the land area of the state. The population of the Upper Shore Workforce Investment Area is 156,000 people or approximately 3% of the population of the state. Taken together, the land area and population indicate a rural area. The Upper Shore economy is changing. The area has evolved from a natural resource based economy to a manufacturing based economy to most recently, a service-based economy. Hospitality and healthcare are emerging as the growth engines in the Upper Shore economy. Farming, fishing and manufacturing are declining.
The Upper Shore economy has historically been characterized by wages that lag behind the wages in other regions in the state. As the service economy has evolved, wages have remained low. Simultaneously, the region is evolving as an attractive area for retirees. These relatively affluent residents increase measures of per capita income and increase the need for healthcare and other services. The Upper Shore region has been adversely affected by the downturn in the economy. The Unemployment Rate in the region has been greater than the state Unemployment Rate and there are signs of a weak economy in sectors such as hospitality and tourism and construction that have historically been key economic engines for the region. Layoffs and closings have affected every segment of the local economy and manufacturing has been particularly hard hit. Healthcare continues to be a positive sector in the economy, but even in this relatively strong sector, turnover rates are declining so fewer jobs are being filled. The service delivery of the Upper Shore Workforce Investment system has evolved with the shrinking economy, emphasizing Rapid Response services and dislocated worker services to the workers and companies that are experiencing layoffs and closings. The Upper Shore region continues to evolve from an agrarian, seafood and small manufacturing economy into a service-based economy. The area has experienced the same growing pains as other areas in the state and national economy as this evolution has taken place.
The adult population that will benefit from the Career Pathways initiative include participants in ESOL and ABE/GED. The Upper Shore initiative will target students for a continuum of services to transition from ESOL and ABE/GED to the Workforce Investment system and the Community College system. Maryland’s goal of the Institute is to create a delivery methodology for the Upper Shore Career Pathways and will result in:
Healthcare (with a focus on entry level occupations)
Trudy Chara, Innovations and Programs Manager, Governor’s Workforce Investment Board (GWIB), Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR)
Trudy Chara, Innovations and Programs Manager, Governor’s Workforce Investment Board (GWIB),
Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR),
1100 N. Eutaw St., Room 108, Baltimore, MD 21201
Office Phone: 410-767-4145