• The most recent jobs report showed that between September and October, Maryland gained a total of 10,700 Total Nonfarm jobs, including 9,400 Total Private jobs and 1,300 Government positions.
  • Job gains between July and October have totaled 27,400 jobs, the largest 3-month gain in Maryland jobs since early 2010.
  • The unemployment rate for Maryland decreased to 3.6 percent in October.

According to the most recent jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Maryland gained 10,700 Total Nonfarm positions between September and October. This increase was a result of a 9,400 position gain in Total Private jobs, along with a gain of 1,300 Government jobs.  After revisions to previous months, the gains since July 2019 have reached 27,400 jobs, the largest three-month gain since the period between February and May of 2010.  As a result, Maryland’s unemployment rate in October decreased to 3.6 percent.

Between September and October, the biggest gains in the supersector level were reported in the Professional and Business Services sector, which added 7,200 jobs, and the Trade, Transportation, and Utilities sector, with an increase of 5,800 positions. The only significant decrease this month was seen in the Education and Health Services sector (6,000 jobs lost). On the subsector level, Maryland’s largest gain was in Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services, with 5,700 added jobs, followed by a 2,800 position increase in Local Government, and a gain of 2,200 jobs in the Retail Trade subsector. Maryland’s biggest loss was in the Health Care and Social Assistance subsector, which lost 3,500 jobs, followed by a loss of 2,500 positions in Educational Services.

Neighboring states in the Mid-Atlantic region (Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Washington, D.C.) also experienced job gains this month, combining to gain a total of 16,100 Nonfarm jobs between September and October. This combined total was experienced mostly in Pennsylvania and Virginia, which added 8,100 jobs and 8,000 jobs respectively. The most significant gains on the supersector level for neighboring states were in Leisure and Hospitality, which added 6,100 jobs. The only losses were reported in the Manufacturing sector, with a total loss of 1,800 positions. The overall unemployment rate for neighboring states in October increased to 3.6 percent, although Virginia experienced another decrease in its unemployment rate to 2.6 percent.

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 to 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 2017 by state.