Department of Numbers

Maryland Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Maryland rose 0.1 percentage points in March 2018 to 4.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 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 3.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in August 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Maryland unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.4
Maryland 4.3% +0.1 +0.1

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

Unemployment Rate: Maryland, National

Maryland monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 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 100,610 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 130,227 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 7,377. Maryland job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Maryland 137,604 +3,227 +1,264

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Maryland Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maryland
Unemployment Rate
Maryland
Unemployed
April 2018 3.9%
March 2018 4.1% 4.3% 137,604
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
October 2017 4.1% 4.0% 130,227
September 2017 4.2% 4.0% 130,244
August 2017 4.4% 4.0% 130,571
July 2017 4.3% 4.1% 131,228
June 2017 4.3% 4.1% 132,211
May 2017 4.3% 4.1% 133,544