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Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, Maryland Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Baltimore fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2022 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Maryland rate. The unemployment rate in Baltimore peaked in May 2020 at 10.6% and is now 6.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in July 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Baltimore unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Maryland 4.0% -0.3 -1.8
Baltimore 3.9% 0.0 -1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Baltimore, Maryland, National

Baltimore, Maryland monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Baltimore, Maryland Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Baltimore peaked in May 2020 at 158,295. There are now 99,002 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 59,149 in July 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 144. Baltimore employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Baltimore, Maryland) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Baltimore 59,293 -368 -18,660

Number of Unemployed Persons

Baltimore, Maryland Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maryland
Unemployment Rate
Baltimore
Unemployment Rate
Baltimore
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 4.0% 3.9% 59,293
August
2022
3.7% 4.3% 3.9% 59,661
July
2022
3.5% 3.9% 3.9% 59,149
June
2022
3.6% 4.0% 4.0% 60,249
May
2022
3.6% 4.0% 4.0% 60,165
April
2022
3.6% 4.2% 4.2% 62,515
March
2022
3.6% 4.6% 4.4% 65,931
February
2022
3.8% 5.0% 4.6% 68,529
January
2022
4.0% 5.4% 4.8% 72,076
December
2021
3.9% 5.4% 5.1% 76,399
November
2021
4.2% 5.4% 5.1% 76,608

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.