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Published on: September 7, 2011


FREE Resources and Programs Available at the Pratt Library as
Baltimore’s Unemployment Rate is at 11.2%

BALTIMORE – As Baltimore’s unemployment rate is at 11.2% (above the national rate of 9.1%) and on the eve of President Barack Obama’s speech on jobs, the Enoch Pratt Free Library is spotlighting its Job and Career Information Center that provides materials and services to individuals exploring careers or seeking jobs.

“We help people find solutions to life issues,” said Carla D. Hayden, Chief Executive Officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. “In tough economic times, it is very important to have a free resource for people who are seeking employment, changing careers and pursuing education while making ends meet.”

The number of job related questions answered by Pratt Librarians in the past year has risen by 48%, from 17,759 in 2010 to 26,237 so far in 2011.

The Pratt Library offers several free programs, services and resources for job-seekers including: Job Classes including Resume101, Basic Interviewing, and 10 Steps to a Federal Job Computer Classes Free Resume Review (by appointment) Computers dedicated to job-seekers Test Study Guides (GED, GRE, SAT, etc.)

“More and more people have been turning to us since the beginning of the recession several years ago,” said Hayden. “It is so gratifying when we receive letters or emails from patrons who said they found a job because of the help they received from the Pratt Library.”

For more information on the Pratt Library’s Job and Career Center, visit our website at Also look for the Pratt Library on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Foursquare and YouTube.

Remember at the Enoch Pratt Free Library: “Your journey starts here.”

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