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Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, Maryland Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Baltimore fell 0.8 percentage points in May 2020 to 9.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Maryland rate. The unemployment rate in Baltimore peaked in April 2020 at 10.4% and is now 0.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Baltimore unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Maryland 10.0% -0.1 +6.3
Baltimore 9.6% -0.8 +5.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 April 2020 at 147,802. There are now 9,996 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Baltimore employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Baltimore, Maryland) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Baltimore 137,806 -9,996 +81,536

Number of Unemployed Persons

Baltimore, Maryland Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maryland
Unemployment Rate
Baltimore
Unemployment Rate
Baltimore
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 8.0%
May
2020
13.3% 10.0% 9.6% 137,806
April
2020
14.7% 10.1% 10.4% 147,802
March
2020
4.4% 3.3% 3.4% 51,592
February
2020
3.5% 3.3% 3.4% 51,322
January
2020
3.6% 3.3% 3.4% 51,870
December
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.4% 51,291
November
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.4% 52,052
October
2019
3.6% 3.4% 3.5% 52,935
September
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.5% 53,844
August
2019
3.7% 3.6% 3.6% 54,689

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.