Department of Numbers

Maryland Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Maryland fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Maryland peaked in January 2010 at 7.8% and is now 3.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in August 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Maryland unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Maryland 4.1% -0.1 +0.1

Unemployment Rate: Maryland, National

Maryland monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Maryland Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Maryland peaked in March 2010 at 238,214. There are now 106,745 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 130,227 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,242. Maryland job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Maryland 131,469 -2,626 +1,242

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Maryland from 1990 to October 2018

Maryland Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maryland
Unemployment Rate
Maryland
Unemployed
October 2018 3.7% 4.1% 131,469
September 2018 3.7% 4.2% 134,095
August 2018 3.9% 4.2% 136,102
July 2018 3.9% 4.3% 137,931
June 2018 4.0% 4.3% 138,459
May 2018 3.8% 4.3% 138,401
April 2018 3.9% 4.3% 138,688
March 2018 4.1% 4.3% 137,533
February 2018 4.1% 4.2% 134,377
January 2018 4.1% 4.1% 132,067
December 2017 4.1% 4.1% 130,611
November 2017 4.1% 4.1% 130,500