Department of Numbers

Maryland Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Maryland fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2021 to 6.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Maryland peaked in April 2020 at 9.0% and is now 2.9 percentage points lower. You can also see Maryland unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Maryland 6.1% -0.1 -2.9

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

Unemployment Rate: Maryland, National

Maryland monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Maryland Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Maryland peaked in April 2020 at 282,222. There are now 91,899 fewer people unemployed in the state. Maryland job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Maryland 190,323 -4,221 -90,505

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Maryland from 1990 to May 2021

Maryland Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maryland
Unemployment Rate
Maryland
Unemployed
June 2021 5.9%
May 2021 5.8% 6.1% 190,323
April 2021 6.1% 6.2% 194,544
March 2021 6.0% 6.2% 193,346
February 2021 6.2% 6.2% 193,520
January 2021 6.3% 6.4% 198,767
December 2020 6.7% 6.8% 211,907
November 2020 6.7% 6.8% 211,459
October 2020 6.9% 6.8% 210,389
September 2020 7.8% 7.0% 209,143
August 2020 8.4% 8.6% 271,319
July 2020 10.2% 8.7% 273,891