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County Has Made Strides In Creating Jobs Despite Loss Of Major Manufacturing

September 22nd, 2011 by WCBC Radio

In addition to focusing on a significant increase in crime rates in Allegany County in the past three decades, a recent Baltimore Sun article also opined that the county has never recovered from the loss of major manufacturers in the 1970’s and ‘80’s. The county director of economic development says while that’s partially true, that doesn’t mean the county hasn’t made great strides in creating jobs in other areas. Between 1981 and 1987, Allegany County lost the PPG, Celanese, and Kelly Springfield plants- and literally thousands of jobs went with them. Matt Diaz says that to help off set those losses, many service-related industries have emerged over the past 20 years, particularly in the areas of tourism and entertainment; and well as in the area high tech businesses…

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