Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning


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

  • Following seasonal adjustment, the number of jobs on Maryland’s industry payrolls was little changed, rising by just 500 over-the-month. The increase, while marginal, is nonetheless encouraging considering that national payrolls have declined over the last two months.
  • The shaving of about 3,400 temporary Census positions partially offset the upturns reported in select private sector industries.
  • Education/Health Care/Social Assistance was the primary focus of private sector expansion in July, advancing by 8,200 jobs. A gain of 1,600 jobs in trade/transportation/utilities was also reported, raising employment in this business sector above its year ago total for the first time since September 2007.
  • Maryland’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.1 percent in July – more than two full percentage points below that of 9.5 percent reported nationally.
  • Job growth has proceeded without interruption over the past five months.
Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates - Maryland 
            and US - July 2009 through July 2010
Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates
Maryland and US
July 2009 through July 2010
July 09 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%
Mar 7.7% 9.7%
Apr 7.5% 9.9%
May 7.3% 9.7%
June 7.1% 9.5%
July 7.1% 9.5%
  • Locally, unemployment rates in July ranged from a low of 5.7 percent shared by Howard and Montgomery counties to Baltimore City’s high of 11.5 percent.
  • Unemployment rates advanced in all but four of the state’s twenty-four jurisdictions, with expansion in the labor force responsible for the upturn in almost every area.
  • Baltimore City’s rate, the most noticeably impacted, rose by nearly a full percentage point over the month. While the number of employed city residents was higher in July, the influx of jobseekers into the labor market eclipsed employment gains, causing joblessness to trend upward.

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