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Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, Maryland Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Baltimore fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2021 to 5.7%. 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 9.5% and is now 3.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.6% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Baltimore unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Maryland 6.1% -0.1 -2.9
Baltimore 5.7% 0.0 -3.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 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 138,125. There are now 54,535 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 81,523 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,067. Baltimore employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Baltimore, Maryland) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Baltimore 83,590 +192 -52,406

Number of Unemployed Persons

Baltimore, Maryland Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maryland
Unemployment Rate
Baltimore
Unemployment Rate
Baltimore
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 6.1% 5.7% 83,590
April
2021
6.1% 6.2% 5.7% 83,398
March
2021
6.0% 6.2% 5.7% 82,117
February
2021
6.2% 6.2% 5.6% 81,531
January
2021
6.3% 6.4% 5.6% 81,523
December
2020
6.7% 6.8% 6.5% 94,099
November
2020
6.7% 6.8% 6.5% 93,985
October
2020
6.9% 6.8% 6.5% 93,955
September
2020
7.8% 7.0% 6.8% 94,721
August
2020
8.4% 8.6% 7.9% 116,096
July
2020
10.2% 8.7% 8.1% 118,034

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.