U.S. and state labor officials will cut the ribbon Thursday on a new workforce center for job seekers and employers.

The Laurel Regional Workforce Center, intended to help people in Anne Arundel, Howard, Prince George's and Montgomery counties, will help workers with job searches and connect them to training. Businesses can get assistance finding employees.

The center, at 312 Marshall Ave., will draw from a larger area than county workforce centers in an effort to make more connections in a region that has high levels of cross-commuting. Scott R. Jensen, the state's interim labor secretary, said Wednesday that both job seekers and employers should benefit from a regional approach.

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