Governor O'Malley seeks to increase Maryland employment through two new measures

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February 15, 2013

Maryland

By: Josh Altic

Annapolis, Maryland: Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has proposed two measures designed to boost job growth in the state. His primary goal is to help people acquire the training and skill necessary to fit into the high demand occupations that are reportedly widely available. Speaking about this goal in a Senate hearing, O'Malley said, "This is really an effort that is driven by employers who say they have jobs that are open, they need more employees with the skills to fill them and so this EARN bill will help more moms and dads get the skills they need to enter those better jobs."[1]Md. gov outlines measures to help boost jobs, Feb 8, 2013</ref>

The first measure he proposed sets aside $2.5 million dollars to provide grants to those seeking training for high demand occupations. This measure, the Employment Advancement Now Initiative, encourages cooperation between businesses, non-profits, colleges and local governments in the effort to train new employees especially in the fields of manufacturing, cyber-security and health care.[1]

The second measure supported by the Maryland Governor aims at decreasing unemployment among veterans. According to O'Malley the unemployment rate among veterans is currently 8.8 percent and for veterans who served after 9/11 it is 9.7 percent. The Governors plan is to allow a quicker professional licensing process for military families moving to Maryland. The measure would also give veterans credit for their military training and educational experience when applying for occupational or professional licenses in Maryland.[1]

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