Nearly half of the Frederick County labor force has four years or more of college. Highly marketable professional, managerial, technical, clerical and crafts skills qualify residents for positions in research, technology, science, communications, manufacturing, construction and services. Frederick County is part of a region that enjoys one of the greatest concentrations of scientists and engineers in the United States.
An award-winning Business and Employment Center and innovative partnerships between business and education assure an increasingly qualified labor pool. Four colleges, including one of the best-rated in the nation, offer undergraduate and graduate programs tailored to business and industry.
The number of private employers in Frederick County has increased more than 80%, and employment has risen 66% since the early '80s. In fact, new and expanding companies have stimulated the creation of more than 11,000 new jobs here during the past five years alone.
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Benefits vary by company but typically include: health plan (employee contribution varies), vacation, sick leave, retirement program and holiday leave. Some additional benefits found throughout Frederick County include: subsidized child care, dental plan, vision plan, drug prescription plan, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, severance pay, compensation for military leave, reimbursement for mileage and parking, and performance bonuses.
Low Workers Compensation Rates
Maryland ranks 27% below the national average for workers compensation costs for manufacturers and 39% below the national average for office and clerical occupations according to the 2005 Injured Workers Insurance Fund Rates. Companies are legally required to pay unemployment insurance and workers compensation for each employee.
Of companies in Frederick County, 6.35% are unionized. Businesses here enjoy good relationships with their employees. The following unions are currently active in Frederick County:
||Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union of America
||American Federation for Government Employees
||American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organization - Canadian Labor Congress
||Communication Workers of America
||Frederick County Teachers Association-Frederick Association of School Support Employees
||International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers
||International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
||Independent Workers of North America
||United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America
||United Steel Workers of America
||United Transportation Union-Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers-Transportation Communication International Union
||Utility Workers Union of America