Sep 18, 2013

Obstacles & Opportunities: The Workforce Development Landscape in Prince George’s County, Maryland

By some measures, Prince George’s County is thriving.

The county has a high labor force participation rate, moderate unemployment, and a high median income. By other measures, the county faces significant workforce challenges. First, opportunity is mixed across different areas of the county. Communities such as Bowie and Glenn Dale are prospering with unemployment rates below six percent and median incomes over $100,000. Other areas – particularly those inside the beltway bordering the District of Columbia – are faring less well, with unemployment rates over ten percent and median household incomes that hover around $50,000. There is a great divide between rich and poor in the county.

Despite a high median income, one in ten local residents are living in poverty.

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