alexander m. sanchez

May 10, 2012

Week in review – 5/11/12: Rehabbed houses give Oliver a lift

Rehabbed houses give Oliver a lift A group of developers recently banded together to try to restart home ownership initiatives in the long-blighted neighborhood of Oliver on Baltimore’s east side. Operating under the name Come Home Baltimore, the group is reaching out to Johns Hopkins Hospital employees eligible for $17,000 cash grants as part of […]

May 8, 2012

Eye Opener: Labor secretary leaves for Baltimore

Gov. Martin O’Malley now must replace two open cabinet positions. Alexander M. Sanchez, secretary of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation since 2009, will become Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s chief of staff on June 16. Sanchez follows the departure of transportation secretary Beverley K. Swaim-Staley, who announced her resignation last week. Here’s a few[...]

May 7, 2012

DLLR head Sanchez to become chief of staff for Rawlings-Blake

The head of the state labor department is leaving his post to become Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s third chief of staff in as many years. Alexander M. Sanchez, who has been secretary of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation since 2009, will join Rawlings-Blake’s administration on May 16. In a statement Monday, Rawlings-Blake cited […]

Jan 24, 2012

Government hiring lifted state job picture in December

ANNAPOLIS — Government hiring drove Maryland’s unemployment rate down to 6.7 percent last month as payrolls grew by 3,100 jobs, according to figures released Tuesday by the state. December marked the third straight month in which the jobless rate declined after the recent peak of 7.4 percent in September. Unemployment was 6.9 percent in November, […]

Dec 20, 2011

Private sector pushes jobless rate down

Maryland’s jobless rate dropped to 6.9 percent in November as payrolls swelled in the state for the third straight month, according to figures released Tuesday by the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. The private sector did all of the heavy lifting, adding 4,300 jobs last month while government employment declined by 2,300, according to […]

Nov 23, 2011

On the Move, 11/23: Halford joins Nevins & Associates

Kristi Halford has been hired as a senior account executive by Nevins & Associates, a marketing and public relations firm in Hunt Valley. Halford assists clients in media relations, social media, event planning, community relations, and industry marketing. She previously was director of marketing at Downtown Partnership of Baltimore for five years. Halford also has […]

Nov 22, 2011

Maryland’s jobless numbers decline

Maryland’s unemployment rate fell in October for the first time in six months, but economists and labor officials cautioned Tuesday the state faces immense challenges as the economy recovers slowly and federal lawmakers debate deep budget cuts. “October’s improvement should probably not be interpreted as a sign of further improvement to come,” said Anirban Basu, […]

Oct 21, 2011

Md. adds 6,800 jobs in Sept., but unemployment rate ticks up to 7.4%

Maryland added 6,800 jobs in September, but the unemployment rate continued to climb to 7.4 percent, according to figures released Friday morning by the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. The state’s private sector led the job growth with 10,000 new positions last month. The federal government was also active, adding 2,100 jobs while local […]

Oct 3, 2011

Jockey club, Penn National headed to arbitration over Rosecroft simulcasts

The Maryland Jockey Club and Penn National Gaming Inc. will turn to an independent arbitrator to craft a simulcast arrangement for Rosecroft Raceway after the two sides missed another deadline Saturday. The deal, which would allow the long-struggling harness track to show and take bets on out-of-state thoroughbred races, is a prerequisite for the jockey […]

Sep 29, 2011

Editorial: Jobs crunch demands action

August’s jobs numbers have landed on Maryland with a resounding thud — another 2,500 jobs lost and an increase to 7.3 percent in the statewide unemployment rate. Employment gains in some sectors (14,700 jobs have been added since January) have been overwhelmed by losses elsewhere. Alexander M. Sanchez, state Secretary of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, […]

Sep 16, 2011

Maryland loses 2,500 jobs in August

Maryland shed 2,500 jobs in August, the jobless rate climbed to 7.3 percent and the state’s labor secretary said there is no end in sight for the uneven recovery and lackluster employment figures. Since August 2010, payrolls in Maryland have added 3,600 jobs, the equivalent of just 0.1 percent of the state’s workforce, according to […]

Aug 19, 2011

Despite private sector gains, state unemployment rate up slightly

Government employment losses slowed job growth in Maryland last month and economists expect that trend to continue as Congress sets a new course for federal spending. “Maryland is one of many states where government jobs are shrinking and I expect that to continue,” said Anirban Basu, chairman and CEO of Sage Policy Group Inc. “What’s […]

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