Department of Numbers

Maryland Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Maryland fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2016 to 4.2%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 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 3.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.2% in September 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Maryland unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Maryland 4.2% 0.0 -0.8

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

Unemployment Rate: Maryland, National

Maryland monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Maryland Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Maryland peaked in February 2010 at 237,091. There are now 102,547 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 132,676 in September 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,868. Maryland job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Maryland 134,544 +1,868 -24,417

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Maryland from 1990 to October 2016

Maryland Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maryland
Unemployment Rate
Maryland
Unemployed
November 2016 4.6%
October 2016 4.9% 4.2% 134,544
September 2016 5.0% 4.2% 132,676
August 2016 4.9% 4.3% 134,975
July 2016 4.9% 4.3% 134,646
June 2016 4.9% 4.3% 136,745
May 2016 4.7% 4.5% 141,454
April 2016 5.0% 4.6% 147,211
March 2016 5.0% 4.7% 147,870
February 2016 4.9% 4.7% 149,179
January 2016 4.9% 4.8% 153,378
December 2015 5.0% 5.0% 158,389