Overall unemployment rate moved up to 4.0% with the biggest shift in Education & Healthcare, which gained 3,000 roles, based on the most recently available information published in December 2022.

Total employment in the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD market declined by 2,987 jobs in October and the unemployment rate increased compared to the prior month by 30 bps to 4.0%. The national unemployment rate increased by 8 bps over the same time to 3.4%.

  • Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD unemployment rate is 60 bps above the national rate which is a negative sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 100 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in October versus prior month by 0.5% and are up compared to last year at this time in the market.
Month over Month Unemployment Change
Year over Year Unemployment Change
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD Unemployment October 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs grew by 0.1% . Key sectors include:

  • Education & Healthcare: 266,200; +3,000
  • Transportation & Utilities: 257,500; -900
  • Business Services: 252,200; -500
  • Government: 226,600; -900
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 128,200; -1,100
  • Construction, Mining: 84,800; +800
  • Financial Services: 78,500; +1,500
  • Manufacturing: 64,200; +600
  • Other Jobs: 48,800; -1,100
  • IT & Development: 17,500; +300
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD Unemployment by Industry October 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through October 2022 (Data published December 2022 and reports created on December 2, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.