Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning


Labor Force and Industry Developments - Maryland Monthly Labor Review - June 2009


Activity in Maryland’s labor market was relatively low key in June. While business payrolls declined, the loss was modest compared to monthly losses reported earlier in the year. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, which rose by 0.4 percentage points to reach 7.2 percent in May, was little changed over-the-month, leveling off at 7.3 percent in June. The movement in Maryland’s unemployment rate reflected that of the nation which showed unemployment rising by a like 0.1 percentage point to 9.5 percent in June.

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates - Maryland & US - June 2008 through June 2009
Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates
Maryland and US
June 2008 through June 2009
June 08 4.3% 5.6%
July 4.4% 5.8%
Aug 4.5% 6.2%
Sept 4.6% 6.2%
Oct 4.8% 6.6%
Nov 5.1% 6.8%
Dec 5.4% 7.2%
Jan 09 6.2% 7.6%
Feb 6.8% 8.1%
Mar 6.9% 8.5%
Apr 6.8% 8.9%
May 7.2% 9.4%
June 7.3% 9.5%

After adjusting for normal seasonal movements, the monthly survey of Maryland businesses showed that employers cut their payrolls by an estimated 1,100 jobs in June. This reduction was, however, a vast improvement over the average monthly losses of more than 10,000 jobs reported in the first few months of the year. While a number of industries contributed to this overall decline, the largest loss, of 3,000 jobs, was reported by businesses providing administrative and support services. The impact of this and other declines on business payrolls was, however, diminished by rising job counts in retail trade, professional, technical and scientific services and in leisure and hospitality industries. Expansion in leisure and hospitality was fueled by job gains reported in accommodations and food services.

While the muted movements in Maryland’s market indicators during June may be a sign that the recession is, in fact, losing steam, the economy has a long way to go to regain its footing. The current jobless rate, the highest rate for the month since 1983, is more than double the rate of 3.6 percent reported when the recession began in December 2007 and the downturn has claimed nearly 63,000 jobs from Maryland payrolls.

At the local level, non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates were higher in June in each of the state’s jurisdictions with the exception of Dorchester and Worcester counties where seasonal activities spurred job creation. Worcester’s rate fell by the largest margin, from 9.4 percent in May to 7.8 percent in June. The largest upward movements in unemployment over-the-month were recorded in Allegany and Somerset counties and in Baltimore City. Baltimore City’s rate, rising by nearly a full percentage point topped out at 11.0 percent – the statewide high for June.

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