Department of Numbers

Maryland Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Maryland fell 0.1 percentage points in January 2020 to 3.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Maryland peaked in January 2010 at 7.8% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. You can also see Maryland unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.4
Maryland 3.3% -0.1 -0.5

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

Unemployment Rate: Maryland, National

Maryland monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Maryland Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Maryland peaked in March 2010 at 238,214. There are now 129,056 fewer people unemployed in the state. Maryland job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Maryland 109,158 -2,855 -12,497

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Maryland from 1990 to January 2020

Maryland Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maryland
Unemployment Rate
Maryland
Unemployed
February 2020 3.5%
January 2020 3.6% 3.3% 109,158
December 2019 3.5% 3.4% 112,013
November 2019 3.5% 3.4% 111,898
October 2019 3.6% 3.4% 112,443
September 2019 3.5% 3.5% 114,166
August 2019 3.7% 3.6% 116,059
July 2019 3.7% 3.6% 117,555
June 2019 3.7% 3.6% 118,445
May 2019 3.6% 3.7% 119,049
April 2019 3.6% 3.7% 119,764
March 2019 3.8% 3.7% 120,506