COVID-19 News: Unemployment Insurance and Job Opportunities

May 11, 2020 | By Baltimore County Public Library

For many of us, this time is no longer “business as usual,” and our employment and income have been negatively impacted. Baltimore County Public Library's staff is here to connect you with resources and reliable information regarding unemployment insurance in Maryland, industries and employers hiring now, and advice that can help you manage the economic impact to your household’s bottom line. 

Financial Assistance

The Maryland Department of Labor's Division of Unemployment Benefits launched the new one-stop, online application for workers to apply for unemployment. This application process allows Marylanders—including those who may qualify for expanded benefits under the CARES Act such as gig workers, independent contractors and the self-employed—to file for unemployment easily online. Learn more about the application process and expanded benefits. 

Baltimore County’s Department of Economic and Workforce Development is available to connect displaced workers with economic help. Complete the online form to request assistance with getting connected to COVID-19 stimulus.

Maryland’s Division of Unemployment Insurance has updated its process for filing for unemployment. Unlike many other states, Maryland does not have a waiting period to apply for and receive benefits.

The federal government recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which expanded current unemployment insurance benefits for Marylanders. This expansion includes Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for people who otherwise do not qualify for regular unemployment insurance, such as workers who are self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers or those who have insufficient work history. 


Whether you're looking for a new career or need a job now, to bring in a paycheck or supplement your income, employers are hiring. View job postings, spruce up your resume, or research training and education programs by visiting the Maryland Workforce Exchange. You can also download the mobile app on your phone by searching MWEJOBS from your Apple or Google Play app store. Learn more about job fairs, employers hiring now and recruitment events from the Maryland Department of Labor.

Industries that are designated essential service providers are experiencing a sharp increase in business and are looking to hire more workers. The following industries are looking to boost their employee roster with both temporary and permanent part- and full-time positions:

  • Grocery stores
  • Hospitals
  • Health care and social services
  • Pharmacies
  • Businesses focused on online retail
  • Shipping and delivery services

Go to the Mayor of Baltimore’s Now Hiring: COVID-19 Job Board  to view employers hiring in the Baltimore Metro area. 

Baltimore County’s Career Centers are available to help you with career services by telephone appointment. To speak with a career consultant, contact your local Career Center

Additional Resources

If you’ve lost your health coverage, the Maryland Health Connection has offered emergency special enrollment through June 15. If you’ve recently lost your job-based health benefits, you may be eligible to enroll in health coverage.

CASH Campaign of Maryland offers advice for navigating your finances in uncertain financial times, as well as information about food resources, taxes, avoiding COVID-19 scams and more. 

Review Governor Larry Hogan’s COVID-19 pandemic orders and guidance to learn about the recent orders regarding utility shut-offs, mortgages and evictions, and essential businesses.

Contact Us 

While our branch locations are closed, our library staff are available to help. Read a message from our director, Paula Miller, to get up-to-date information about our digital and online learning resources or how to get a library card online.

If you have additional questions about jobs and careers, please email We are all in this together. Thank you and we look forward to returning to “business as usual.” 

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