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Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, Maryland Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Baltimore fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2019 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Maryland rate. The unemployment rate in Baltimore peaked in February 2010 at 8.3% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Baltimore unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Maryland 3.8% 0.0 0.0
Baltimore 3.8% 0.0 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 March 2010 at 117,664. There are now 60,125 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 56,204 in October 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,335. Baltimore employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Baltimore, Maryland) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Baltimore 57,539 +306 -137

Number of Unemployed Persons

Baltimore, Maryland Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maryland
Unemployment Rate
Baltimore
Unemployment Rate
Baltimore
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 3.7%
August
2019
3.7% 3.8% 3.8% 57,539
July
2019
3.7% 3.8% 3.8% 57,233
June
2019
3.7% 3.8% 3.8% 57,187
May
2019
3.6% 3.8% 3.8% 57,336
April
2019
3.6% 3.8% 3.8% 57,350
March
2019
3.8% 3.8% 3.8% 57,317
February
2019
3.8% 3.7% 3.8% 56,877
January
2019
4.0% 3.7% 3.8% 56,512
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.8% 56,446
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.8% 56,289
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.8% 56,204

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.