Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning


Labor Force and Industry Developments - Maryland Monthly Labor Review - February 2010


The number of idled workers rose during February, causing Marylandís seasonally adjusted unemployment rate to inch up from 7.5 percent in January to 7.7 percent in February according to data released by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Currently, the unemployment rate is more than a full percentage point above that of a year ago when an estimated 6.4 percent of Marylandís jobseekers were without a job. 

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates - Maryland 
            and US - February 2009 through February 2010
Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates
Maryland and US
February 2009 through February 2010
Feb 09 6.4% 8.2%
Mar 6.7% 8.6%
Apr 6.9% 8.9%
May 7.0% 9.4%
June 7.1% 9.5%
July 7.2% 9.4%
Aug 7.2% 9.7%
Sept 7.3% 9.8%
Oct 7.3% 10.1%
Nov 7.3% 10.0%
Dec 7.4% 10.0%
Jan 10 7.5% 9.7%
Feb 7.7% 9.7%

Nationally, the unemployment rate, while holding steady over-the-month at 9.7 percent, remains a full two percentage points higher than that of Maryland.

According to Marylandís monthly business survey, the number of jobs on industry payrolls, following seasonal adjustment, declined by nearly 14,000 during February. Seven of the stateís ten business sectors reduced employment levels over-the-month. Job reductions were largest in construction and trade/transportation/warehousing and utilities.

There continues to be significant pressure on the job market. Both the unemployment rate and business payroll statistics may continue to behave erratically as the economy strives to move ahead.

At the local level, market activity generally slows during the winter months. This year, however, normal seasonal downswings were exacerbated by back-to-back snowstorms during February, making an already tight labor market even more restrictive for jobseekers. Not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates were higher during February in sixteen of the stateís twenty-four local jurisdictions. Unemployment rates in Cecil and Washington counties showed the largest upward movements, rising by 0.8 and 0.9 percentage points, respectively. Worcester Countyís rate, at 18.5 percent, remained the highest while rates in Howard and Montgomery counties, both declining somewhat over-the-month, were among the lowest rates during the month at 5.8 percent and 5.9 percent, respectively.

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