OAKLAND, Md. (AP) — The National Association of Counties is citing Garrett County as a model of economic recovery.
The western Maryland county announced Thursday that it was cited in a recent report for rebounding from the loss of more than 800 manufacturing jobs when Bausch & Lomb Inc. closed a sunglasses plant near Oakland in 1996.READ MORE: First African American To Lead The Maryland National Guard Was Honored After 38-Years Of Service
The county diversified its economy and attracted new jobs by focusing on tourism and agricultural products, including cheese and wine.READ MORE: A Dad Who Traveled 1,200 Miles For Covid-19 Care Is Finally Going Home. Here's What He Wants You To Know
The county’s unemployment rate soared in the months after the plant closing and remained in double digits for all of 1997.
Garrett County’s jobless rate this past October was 6.6 percent, just one-tenth of a percentage point above the state as a whole.MORE NEWS: Baltimore County Urges People To Get Vaccinated With Super Weekend Flu Clinic
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