Department of Numbers

Maryland Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Maryland rose 0.3 percentage points in August 2014 to 6.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Maryland peaked in December 2009 at 8.0% and is now 1.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in April 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also see Maryland unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% -0.1 -1.1
Maryland 6.4% +0.3 -0.2

Unemployment Rate: Maryland, National

Maryland monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Maryland Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Maryland peaked in February 2010 at 245,175. There are now 45,082 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 171,541 in April 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 28,552. Maryland job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Maryland 200,093 +10,234 -7,269

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Maryland from 1990 to August 2014

Maryland Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maryland
Unemployment Rate
Maryland
Unemployed
August 2014 6.1% 6.4% 200,093
July 2014 6.2% 6.1% 189,859
June 2014 6.1% 5.8% 180,152
May 2014 6.3% 5.6% 175,425
April 2014 6.3% 5.5% 171,541
March 2014 6.7% 5.6% 174,083
February 2014 6.7% 5.6% 175,653
January 2014 6.6% 5.8% 181,613
December 2013 6.7% 6.1% 187,995
November 2013 7.0% 6.2% 192,677
October 2013 7.2% 6.4% 197,850
September 2013 7.2% 6.5% 202,883
August 2013 7.2% 6.6% 207,362