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Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, Maryland Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Baltimore rose 0.3 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Maryland rate. The unemployment rate in Baltimore peaked in February 2010 at 8.4% and is now 4.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Baltimore unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Maryland 3.9% +0.1 -0.3
Baltimore 4.2% +0.3 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Baltimore, Maryland, National

Baltimore, Maryland monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Baltimore, Maryland Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Baltimore peaked in March 2010 at 119,846. There are now 56,060 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 57,361 in September 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 6,425. Baltimore employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Baltimore, Maryland) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Baltimore 63,786 +4,134 -769

Number of Unemployed Persons

Baltimore, Maryland Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maryland
Unemployment Rate
Baltimore
Unemployment Rate
Baltimore
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.9% 4.2% 63,786
October
2017
4.1% 3.8% 3.9% 59,652
September
2017
4.2% 3.8% 3.8% 57,361
August
2017
4.4% 3.9% 4.0% 61,347
July
2017
4.3% 4.0% 4.1% 61,414
June
2017
4.3% 4.1% 4.1% 61,636
May
2017
4.3% 4.2% 4.2% 63,644
April
2017
4.4% 4.3% 4.4% 66,708
March
2017
4.5% 4.2% 4.4% 66,510
February
2017
4.7% 4.2% 4.4% 65,405
January
2017
4.8% 4.2% 4.3% 63,881

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.