Department of Numbers

Maryland Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Maryland rose 0.1 percentage points in December 2017 to 4.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.1 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 3.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Maryland unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Maryland 4.0% +0.1 -0.2

Note: All comparisons are made with December data as January state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Maryland, National

Maryland monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 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 106,844 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 122,106 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 8,141. Maryland job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Maryland 130,247 +4,181 -2,910

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Maryland Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maryland
Unemployment Rate
Maryland
Unemployed
January 2018 4.1%
December 2017 4.1% 4.0% 130,247
November 2017 4.1% 3.9% 126,066
October 2017 4.1% 3.8% 122,106
September 2017 4.2% 3.8% 122,395
August 2017 4.4% 3.9% 127,133
July 2017 4.3% 4.0% 129,147
June 2017 4.3% 4.1% 131,546
May 2017 4.3% 4.2% 134,848
April 2017 4.4% 4.3% 137,239
March 2017 4.5% 4.2% 136,753
February 2017 4.7% 4.2% 135,183