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Report: Total Jobs up in Wicomico County From Last Year

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Construction crew at work. (Photo: WBOC) Construction crew at work. (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md. - The headlines this year in Wicomico County have recently been about jobs leaving the area.  But a new economic report recently released says despite those manufacturing jobs leaving, the total number of jobs in Wicomico County is increasing.

The report is the Economic Snap Shot released by the Salisbury Wicomico Economic Development, Inc.  Despite manufacturers like Labinal, Lorch, and Voltronics announcing job cuts during 2015, local leaders say there is reason to be optimistic.

"We are seeing manufacturing jobs leave the country and there are fewer manufacturing jobs.  However, the net jobs in the county, in this city are growing.  In this city, we are adding jobs," said Salisbury Mayor Jake Day on Wednesday.

WBOC also spoke with Mike Pennington, the executive director of the Tri-County County for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland.  Pennington said not only have the total number of jobs increased, but he has noticed an increase in well-paying jobs like in construction and pharmaceuticals in the Salisbury area. Additionally, there are jobs available at places like Perdue Farms, Cadista, and Chesapeake Shipbuilding.  Local leaders tell WBOC the key to filling those positions is training the local job force.

"For example, the recent opening of the Acron Welding school in the Northwood Industrial Park.  That is a multi-person, multi-entity collaborative effort to re-train people who have lost their jobs for employment in Wicomico County and Salisbury," said Day.

While the headline have been about jobs leaving town, according to economic and government leaders in Wicomico County and Salisbury, jobs are up and there are plenty to be had.

To read the Economic Snap Shot from SWED, visit WBOC's Web Extra page.

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