Job growth in Talbot County

This chart shows national unemployment rates since December 1999.

EASTON — Employment in Talbot County is continuing to do well, with unemployment in the region declining to 2.9%.

The Department of Labor released the Employment Situation report for December 2019 on Friday, Jan. 10. Nationally, the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.5%.

The report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed job gains in the retail trade and health care sectors. Talbot County growth mirrored those gains, with the best growth coming from retail, accommodations and food service.

Al Silverstein, president of the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce, said retail remains one of the areas that needs workers.

“Teaching, trucking, retail and restaurants all need help,” he said.

Silverstein said as the unemployment rate continues to decline, businesses can struggle to fill their jobs.

“To get people who show up on time and do a good job, it’s getting harder,” he said. “There aren’t as many people looking for work.”

He said business in Talbot County did well at the end of 2019.

“It was a good year,” Silverstein said. “Retail had a very good year. Business is looking up for 2020.”

The gross domestic product, which represents economic production and growth, rose slightly to 2.1% for the third quarter of 2019, according to the report issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis.

For Talbot County, the GDP rose 1% for the same time period. According to the report, a large part of these gains came from increases in the retail and accommodations sectors.

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