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Demographic and Economic Analysis of the Lower Eastern Shore. Dr. Memo Diriker & Ms. Ruth Baker Business, Economic, and Community Development Outreach Network Franklin P. Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University Tri-County Economic Development Summit University Commons .

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demographic and economic analysis of the lower eastern shore

Demographic and Economic Analysisof the Lower Eastern Shore

Dr. Memo Diriker & Ms. Ruth Baker

Business, Economic, and Community Development Outreach Network

Franklin P. Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University

Tri-County Economic Development Summit

University Commons

Monday, October 15, 2001

poverty rate all ages
Poverty Rate: All Ages

Monday, October 15, 2001

the poor in wicomico county are disproportionately
The poor in Wicomico County are disproportionately
  • Female
  • Non-White
  • Young
  • Living in female-headed households
  • Geographically clustered

Monday, October 15, 2001

poverty rate for female headed households with children under 5 1990
Poverty Rate for Female-Headed Households With Children Under 5: 1990

Monday, October 15, 2001

education and skills dropout rate 1998 1999

Wicomico County

6.17%

Montgomery County (best)

1.85%

Baltimore City (worst)

10.85%

Maryland

4.16%

Education and SkillsDropout Rate: 1998-1999

Note: MD standards are 1.25% excellent, 3% satisfactory

Source: DHR Fact Pact 2000

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Recent study of hiring practices in manufacturing & financial services companies found that at entry level, candidates had to:
  • Read at 9th grade level or higher
  • Do math at 9th grade level or higher
  • Solve semi-structured problems involving formation & testing of hypotheses
  • Work in groups with people of diverse backgrounds
  • Communicate effectively, both orally & in writing
  • Use a computer to carry out simple tasks

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welfare to work average wage at placement

FY 1997

FY 1998

FY 1999

Wicomico County

$5.57

$5.77

$6.07

Maryland

$6.10

$6.43

$6.69

Welfare-to-Work Average Wage at Placement

Source: DHR Fact Pack 2000

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resulting in
Resulting in…
  • Persistent lack of upward mobility
  • Shortage of skilled workers and high wage earners
  • Missed opportunities for economic growth

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economic workforce development network
Economic/Workforce Development Network:
  • County Economic Development Offices
  • MD Dept. of Business and Economic Development
  • Salisbury University
  • UMES
  • WOR-WIC
  • Lower Shore Private Industry Council
  • Job Service (DLLR)
  • County Depts. Of Social Services
  • Job Corps
  • Shore Up! Inc.
  • County Boards of Education
  • MD Dept. of Juvenile Justice
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Lower Shore Manufacturing Network
  • Organizations serving disabled

Monday, October 15, 2001

demographic trends of the lower eastern shore population trends1
Demographic Trends of the Lower Eastern Shore:Population Trends
  • 45% of the Eastern Shore population is living in Wicomico County;
  • The density vary from 55 people per square mile in Dorchester, to 75.6 people per mile in Somerset, 98.4 in Worcester and 224.4 in Wicomico.

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demographic trends of the lower eastern shore age trends1
Demographic Trends of the Lower Eastern Shore: Age Trends
  • The critical age category in 2000 is 25-44 year olds with 27.6% of the total population of the Eastern Shore Area (ESA);
  • Median age for the Eastern Shore: 39 years old;
  • We are aging…

Monday, October 15, 2001

usa vs maryland vs lower eastern shore population and density trends
USA VS Maryland VS Lower Eastern Shore:Population and Density Trends
  • Lower Eastern Shore population (LES) = 0.07% of the total USA population and 3.61% of the Maryland population.
  • Density rates: USA = 58.26

MD = 541.9

LES = 107.55

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economic trends of the lower eastern shore industrial trends1
Economic Trends of the Lower Eastern Shore:Industrial Trends

The Main Issue is:

The Decrease of the

Agriculture Sector Income

by 10% in 28 years.

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economic trends of the lower eastern shore unemployment trends
Economic Trends of the Lower Eastern Shore:Unemployment Trends

The Tri-County Region

represents the part of the

Eastern Shore

most affected by unemployment.

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september 11 the aftermath
September 11: The Aftermath
  • The Scary Numbers;
  • Business and Industry Sectors in Trouble:
    • Agriculture
    • Tourism
    • Manufacturing
    • Retail
  • The Demographic Whammy;
  • Infrastructure Issues.

Monday, October 15, 2001

next steps
Next Steps…
  • Document Summarizing today’s proceedings;
  • Feedback and revisions;
  • Report goes to Lower Shore Tri-County Council;
  • To stay involved in future activities, please turn in the Participant Information Form!

Monday, October 15, 2001