• The most recent jobs report showed that between August and September, Maryland added 1,200 Total Nonfarm jobs including a decrease of 400 Total Private jobs and an increase of 1,600 Government jobs.
  • Maryland’s largest employment gains were made in the Leisure and Hospitality supersector, while the most-significant declines were in the Trade, Transportation, and Utilities supersector.
  • The unemployment rate for Maryland was 4.2 percent in September, unchanged from August.

On the supersector level, Leisure and Hospitality had the greatest gain of 3,100 positions, followed by Government which added 1,600 jobs, and Education and Health Services which increased by 400 positions. The Other Services and Information supersectors each posted increases of 200 jobs for a total of 400 new jobs between the two sectors. The Trade, Transportation, and Utilities supersector had the greatest decrease of 1,900 positions in September, which diminished the previous gain of 2,100 jobs in August. Losses were also seen in Mining, Logging, and Construction (decreasing by 900 positions); Financial Activities (down 700 positions); and Professional and Business Services (dropping 500 positions).

Maryland’s greatest subsector-level gains were in Accommodation and Food Services which added 2,500 positions, followed by Local Government which increased by 1,800 jobs. The Healthcare and Social Assistance subsector also posted a gain of 800 positions. Employment increases were also seen in Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation (+600); Other Services (+200); and Information (+200). The Retail Trade subsector had the greatest drop of 1,200 jobs, followed by Mining, Logging, and Construction with a decline of 900 positions. Other notable losses were seen in Transportation and Utilities (-600); Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services (-400); Real Estate and Rental and Leasing (-400); and Educational Services (-400).

Neighboring states in the Mid-Atlantic region (Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Washington, D.C.) added 17,100 Total Nonfarm jobs, including a gain of 22,100 Total Private jobs and loss of 5,000 Government jobs. Neighboring states’ largest gains on the supersector level were in Education and Health Services (+11,800); Mining, Logging, and Construction (+4,000); and Professional and Business Services (+2,700). The greatest supersector-level losses were in Government which declined by 5,000 positions, and Trade, Transportation, and Utilities, which dropped by 400 jobs. The unemployment rate for neighboring states in September stayed constant at 3.7 percent, unchanged from August.


Mid-Atlantic Regional Employment Workbook

To make more sense of what’s happening with Maryland’s employment numbers, we’ve embedded our new tool: the Mid-Atlantic Regional Employment Workbook. This dashboard allows you to examine 29 different industries and see how employment is varying in Maryland as well as four other states in the Mid-Atlantic region. To use the dashboard select a sector of the economy that interests you from the dropdown at the top. When you change the sector of interest, the map and five line graphs will update to reflect historical data for that industry. Want to know how employment changed in the sector last month? Hover over each state in the map for percentage changes. Or hover over the line graphs to get more detailed information on the number of employees each month since January 2016 by state.

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About the Authors

Daraius Irani, Ph.D.

Daraius Irani, Ph.D.

Vice President

Daraius Irani, Ph.D. serves as vice president of Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research. He fosters the development of partnerships between business, government, and education that contributes to the economic vitality of our region. He also serves as chief economist at the Regional Economic Studies Institute and is often called on by state agencies, private companies, and local governments to provide insight on proposed policies, development, and economic forecasting. With a passion for all things economic, Daraius's posts focus on a wide range of topics from immigration to bicycling.

Katie Menking

Katie Menking


Katie Menking serves as economist at the Regional Economic Studies Institute. She has numerous roles, including primary and secondary data collection and analysis, methodology design, and report writing and editing. Katie is a primary author of Eye on the Economy, RESI’s monthly analysis of unemployment data. Read Katie’s Posts