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Proposal: The Rise of Poverty and Unemployment and How to Solve It.

Poverty in Cumberland, Maryland is and has been a growing problem. It's an even bigger through out the country. The same goes for unemployment.

The Issue

Problem Defined

Our community issues are the poverty and unemployment rates. These two thing have been growing problems in the Cumberland area. Cumberland was once viewed as the "Queen City", but since two major factories shut down "The Kelly" and "The Luke Paper Mill". These events caused people to move from the Cumberland area into areas with better paying jobs. This event led to changing the Cumberland demographic and making it appeal-able to fast food industries. 

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Some of the largest companies that supplied jobs for our area were closed down.MORE

The Kelly and the Luke Mill are examples of the larger businesses that we had in our area which were both closed down for good.

To receive unemployment you must be "actively seeking employment."MORE

You must have earned at least a minimum wage amount in wages before you have became unemployed. You must be unemployed through no fault of your own.

Bigger industries tend to move towards areas that is "smarter" for them.MORE

Industries tend to move to other countries because it is easier for them. In other countries such as China, workers there do not have to get paid minimum wage. Therefore, it is smarter for the companies because in all reality they are making more money while providing with less.

Minimum wage jobs are readily available.MORE

There is abundance of minimum wage jobs available in Cumberland. There are few jobs that offer a livable wage that individuals can survive on. 

Families have decreased and retirees have increased MORE

Young families have been leaving Cumberland which is a decrease in the available workforce and retirees contribute to the money spent. Though most individuals that are retired, if they are able, they have to work a part-time job to be able to survive. 

The Rolling Mills project has harmed Cumberland and its people.MORE

Cumberland has lost substantial amounts of money with the Rolling Mills project and money has not been gained from it. 

“Let's Beautify Cumberland: Cumberland, MD.”

Cumberland - (October 9, 2019)

Let's Beautify Cumberland.com

“Let's Beautify Cumberland: Cumberland, MD.” 2019. Let's Beautify Cumberland | Cumberland, MD. Accessed October 9. “Let's Beautify Cumberland: Cumberland, MD.”

umberland, Maryland Metropolitan Unemployment Rate and Total Unemployed | Department of Numbers.

Deptofnumbers - (September 25, 2019)


Deptofnumbers.com. (2019). Cumberland, Maryland Metropolitan Unemployment Rate and Total Unemployed | Department of Numbers. [online] Available at: https://www.deptofnumbers.com/unemployment/maryland/cumberland/ [Accessed 25 Sep. 2019].

“Cumberland, Maryland (MD) Poverty Rate DataInformation about Poor and Low-Income Residents.”

Data Information - (October 9, 2019)

Poverty Rate Data.com

“Cumberland, Maryland (MD) Poverty Rate DataInformation about Poor and Low-Income Residents.” 2019. Cumberland, Maryland (MD) Poverty Rate Data - Information about Poor and Low-Income Residents Living in This City. Accessed October 9.

City Data

Cumberland, Maryland -


Cumberland, Maryland (MD 21502) profile: population, maps, real estate, averages, homes, statistics, relocation, travel, jobs, hospitals, schools, crime, moving, houses, news, sex offenders. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.city-data.com/city/Cumberland-Maryland.html

Go deeper

We feel that poverty is growing issue in Cumberland, Maryland. The best way to fix this problem is to increase good paying jobs into the area. 

Katye DeHaven
I am currently a student at Allegany College of Maryland and I am an elementary education major. I plan to transfer to Frostburg State University once I finish this upcoming spring semester to complete my degree in teaching. I went to high school at Mountain Ridge and I played soccer and softball and was a captain for both. I am from Frostburg, MD which is also where I currently live. I currently am a Team Leader at Queen City Center Chick-Fil-A and that is where I spend 99% of my time.
Sadie Harvey
Sadie Harvey
I went to Fort Hill High School and I graduated last year. This is my first year at Allegany College of Maryland. I am majoring in nursing and am currently earning credits to get into the nursing program. I plan on finishing out my nursing degree at Frostburg State University. I am from and live in Cumberland, Maryland and I work at Fratelli Restaurant and Bar in LaVale, Maryland as a hostess.
Diane McMahon
Associate Professor of Sociology - Allegany College of Maryland
I am a sociology professor at Allegany College of Maryland, which is located in Cumberland, MD. I also work as the Faculty Director of the Service Learning and Civic Engagement (SLCE) Center at the college. I have worked in a variety of professions in my past that focuses on helping the homeless. Most recently I was the director of a peace and justice organization in Pittsburgh.

I am a great supporter of the work of TheChisel.com because it helps raise up topics that students and community members can work on together, in a bi-partisan manner, to address.
Xavier Michaels
I am from Cumberland, Maryland. I graduated from Fort Hill High School. I'm attending Allegany College of Maryland for Psychology and going to further my education at Frostburg State after my two years here at ACM.
Holden Sibley
I graduated high school in 2017 from Fort Hill High School. I have attended Allegany College of Maryland for one year and plan to transfer to Frostburg State University for the upcoming spring semester. While at Frostburg State University I plan on getting a Bachelors degree in Business and a Masters degree in Accounting. After graduating I plan to get a job at as financial firm as a financial advisor.

The Solution

Proposed Actions
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Expand "The Beautify Cumberland Movement" to other surrounding areas. MORE

We feel that this would overall increase the demographic and appeal to professional businesses and manufacturers. Along with increasing positive attitudes towards Cumberland.

Start advertising the available land of Rolling Mills for businesses. MORE

If businesses would come in and build on that land city of Cumberland could earn taxes making more money for the city. 

Bring in more green jobs in Cumberland and the surrounding areas. MORE

Having jobs that help the environment and can assist individuals are making a individuals are making a livable wage would greatly help the unemployment in Cumberland. 

Expected Results
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Cumberland and surrounding areas will be cleanerMORE

These areas becoming cleaner will create a positive attitude and outlook on Cumberland and the areas surrounding. Allowing for more people to refer others to the local areas. 

Bring in more jobsMORE

By advertising the Rolling Mills land for business and cleaning up the areas around the city of Cumberland it would help make businesses want to come to Cumberland making the city better. 

Bring in more peopleMORE

By having more available jobs that people can lice off of, more individuals would be willing to live in Cumberland which would benefit the community. 


An estimated budget for cleaning up Cumberland would be around $500,000.  With this money we would begin with cleaning up the streets. If we clean up the street, we need workers so we would be required to pay them. Having more workers would keep our area pollution-free because they would be able to spread out in different areas of our community. By doing so, we would be making sure that everything is looking its best.

The Conversation

5 months ago
When I was a little girl, my dad worked out of town for the state as a drug and alcohol counselor. After years of working there, he retired. His retirement wasn’t enough to live off of, so he went searching for a job. He searched for at least 6 months and still could not find a job. We struggled for awhile before he found something that was enough to live on. Then I struggled with the same problem when I got old enough to job hunt.

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