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Hagerstown-Martinsburg, Maryland Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Hagerstown rose 0.2 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 Hagerstown peaked in December 2009 at 9.8% and is now 5.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Hagerstown 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
Hagerstown 4.2% +0.2 -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: Hagerstown, Maryland, National

Hagerstown, Maryland monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Hagerstown, Maryland Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Hagerstown peaked in March 2010 at 12,004. There are now 6,474 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,924 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 606. Hagerstown employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Hagerstown, Maryland) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Hagerstown 5,530 +222 -211

Number of Unemployed Persons

Hagerstown, Maryland Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maryland
Unemployment Rate
Hagerstown
Unemployment Rate
Hagerstown
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.9% 4.2% 5,530
October
2017
4.1% 3.8% 4.0% 5,308
September
2017
4.2% 3.8% 4.0% 5,301
August
2017
4.4% 3.9% 4.3% 5,732
July
2017
4.3% 4.0% 4.0% 5,322
June
2017
4.3% 4.1% 3.9% 5,135
May
2017
4.3% 4.2% 3.7% 4,924
April
2017
4.4% 4.3% 3.9% 5,172
March
2017
4.5% 4.2% 3.9% 5,170
February
2017
4.7% 4.2% 4.0% 5,289
January
2017
4.8% 4.2% 4.1% 5,367

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.