Md. Congressman Works To Help The Unemployed

HOWARD COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — Economists say there’s a glimmer of hope for the economy as the nation’s unemployment rate dips slightly.  But for those still looking for a job, the turnaround isn’t coming fast enough.

As Gigi Barnett reports, one Maryland congressman is showing them where to find help.

The nation’s unemployment rate is locked at 8.9 percent, the lowest in nearly two years.  Economists say it’s a sign of recovery but for those who have yet to see a turnaround, Congressman Elijah Cummings hosted a town hall meeting this weekend at Howard Community College to reach out to those who need help but may not know where to find it.

“It would be so sad for people to sit, thinking that there was nothing they can do, people losing hope.  And at the same time, there are programs that exist to help them,” Cummings said.

Foreclosures statewide are still at record-breaking levels, heating bills are higher this season and food is more expensive.  Also, experts say paychecks aren’t growing.  Fortunately, there are services offered year-round.

“They’re definitely pinching, cutting back on maybe not going out to dinner and just cooking at home and maybe making larger meals versus going out to restaurants,” said Sharon Harris.

With so many services available and so many people in need, Cummings says the next step is to streamline all of the services and offer them in one place.

“That’s something we need to do on the federal level more,” he said.

In the coming weeks, Cummings plans to host similar town hall meetings in Baltimore City and Baltimore County.


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