Department of Numbers

Maryland Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Maryland rose 0.1 percentage points in March 2017 to 4.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Maryland peaked in February 2010 at 7.8% and is now 3.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.2% in August 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Maryland unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.5% -0.2 -0.5
Maryland 4.3% +0.1 -0.1

Unemployment Rate: Maryland, National

Maryland monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Maryland Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Maryland peaked in February 2010 at 237,091. There are now 99,874 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 133,157 in December 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,060. Maryland job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Maryland 137,217 +2,034 -2,540

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Maryland from 1990 to March 2017

Maryland Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maryland
Unemployment Rate
Maryland
Unemployed
March 2017 4.5% 4.3% 137,217
February 2017 4.7% 4.2% 135,183
January 2017 4.8% 4.2% 133,607
December 2016 4.7% 4.2% 133,157
November 2016 4.6% 4.2% 133,638
October 2016 4.8% 4.2% 133,973
September 2016 4.9% 4.2% 134,272
August 2016 4.9% 4.2% 134,457
July 2016 4.9% 4.3% 134,714
June 2016 4.9% 4.3% 135,250
May 2016 4.7% 4.3% 136,209
April 2016 5.0% 4.4% 137,706