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Maryland’s Highest Unemployment Counties in May 2023: Somerset Tops the List”

Unemployment rates in Maryland have improved since the peak of the pandemic, but concerns persist. Stacker’s analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data reveals the counties with the highest unemployment rates in May 2023. Let’s explore the list to see which regions are facing the greatest economic challenges.


24. Carroll County

  • May Unemployment Rate (Preliminary): 1.8%
  • 1-Month Change: Up 0.4 percentage points
  • 1-Year Change: Down 0.7 percentage points
  • Total Labor Force: 95,225 people (1,682 unemployed)

23. Howard County

  • May Unemployment Rate (Preliminary): 1.8%
  • 1-Month Change: Up 0.4 percentage points
  • 1-Year Change: Down 0.8 percentage points
  • Total Labor Force: 188,688 people (3,395 unemployed)

22. Queen Anne’s County

  • May Unemployment Rate (Preliminary): 1.9%
  • 1-Month Change: Up 0.4 percentage points
  • 1-Year Change: Down 0.6 percentage points
  • Total Labor Force: 28,252 people (527 unemployed)

21. Anne Arundel County

  • May Unemployment Rate (Preliminary): 1.9%
  • 1-Month Change: Up 0.3 percentage points
  • 1-Year Change: Down 0.8 percentage points
  • Total Labor Force: 315,180 people (6,027 unemployed)

20. Calvert County

  • May Unemployment Rate (Preliminary): 2%
  • 1-Month Change: Up 0.4 percentage points
  • 1-Year Change: Down 0.8 percentage points
  • Total Labor Force: 49,637 people (986 unemployed)

19. Frederick County

  • May Unemployment Rate (Preliminary): 2%
  • 1-Month Change: Up 0.3 percentage points
  • 1-Year Change: Down 0.9 percentage points
  • Total Labor Force: 137,323 people (2,772 unemployed)

18. Montgomery County

  • May Unemployment Rate (Preliminary): 2%
  • 1-Month Change: Up 0.4 percentage points
  • 1-Year Change: Down 0.8 percentage points
  • Total Labor Force: 554,345 people (10,853 unemployed)

17. Garrett County

  • May Unemployment Rate (Preliminary): 2.1%
  • 1-Month Change: Up 0.1 percentage points
  • 1-Year Change: Down 0.9 percentage points
  • Total Labor Force: 15,149 people (318 unemployed)

16. Talbot County

  • May Unemployment Rate (Preliminary): 2.1%
  • 1-Month Change: Up 0.4 percentage points
  • 1-Year Change: Down 0.9 percentage points
  • Total Labor Force: 17,815 people (370 unemployed)

15. Caroline County

  • May Unemployment Rate (Preliminary): 2.1%
  • 1-Month Change: Up 0.4 percentage points
  • 1-Year Change: Down 0.8 percentage points
  • Total Labor Force: 17,890 people (377 unemployed)

14. St. Mary’s County

  • May Unemployment Rate (Preliminary): 2.1%
  • 1-Month Change: Up 0.5 percentage points
  • 1-Year Change: Down 0.8 percentage points
  • Total Labor Force: 57,123 people (1,178 unemployed)

13. Harford County

  • May Unemployment Rate (Preliminary): 2.1%
  • 1-Month Change: Up 0.4 percentage points
  • 1-Year Change: Down 0.7 percentage points
  • Total Labor Force: 140,499 people (2,929 unemployed)

12. Cecil County

  • May Unemployment Rate (Preliminary): 2.2%
  • 1-Month Change: Up 0.3 percentage points
  • 1-Year Change: Down 0.9 percentage points
  • Total Labor Force: 54,831 people (1,209 unemployed)

11. Charles County

  • May Unemployment Rate (Preliminary): 2.2%
  • 1-Month Change: Up 0.3 percentage points
  • 1-Year Change: Down 1.0 percentage points
  • Total Labor Force: 86,745 people (1,931 unemployed)

10. Kent County

  • May Unemployment Rate (Preliminary): 2.3%
  • 1-Month Change: Up 0.2 percentage points
  • 1-Year Change: Down 0.9 percentage points
  • Total Labor Force: 10,002 people (226 unemployed)

9. Baltimore County

  • May Unemployment Rate (Preliminary): 2.3%
  • 1-Month Change: Up 0.4 percentage points
  • 1-Year Change: Down 0.9 percentage points
  • Total Labor Force: 445,868 people (10,199 unemployed)

8. Prince George’s County

  • May Unemployment Rate (Preliminary): 2.3%
  • 1-Month Change: Up 0.3 percentage points
  • 1-Year Change: Down 1.1 percentage points
  • Total Labor Force: 497,826 people (11,536 unemployed)

7. Dorchester County

  • May Unemployment Rate (Preliminary): 2.4%
  • 1-Month Change: Up 0.3 percentage points
  • 1-Year Change: Down 0.9 percentage points
  • Total Labor Force: 15,990 people (386 unemployed)

6. Washington County

  • May Unemployment Rate (Preliminary): 2.4%
  • 1-Month Change: Up 0.4 percentage points
  • 1-Year Change: Down 0.8 percentage points
  • Total Labor Force: 70,907 people (1,695 unemployed)

5. Wicomico County

  • May Unemployment Rate (Preliminary): 2.6%
  • 1-Month Change: Up 0.2 percentage points
  • 1-Year Change: Down 1.0 percentage points
  • Total Labor Force: 52,055 people (1,362 unemployed)

4. Worcester County

  • May Unemployment Rate (Preliminary): 2.8%
  • 1-Month Change: Down 0.3 percentage points
  • 1-Year Change: Down 1.2 percentage points
  • Total Labor Force: 25,449 people (707 unemployed)

3. Allegany County

  • May Unemployment Rate (Preliminary): 2.8%
  • 1-Month Change: Up 0.4 percentage points
  • 1-Year Change: Down 0.9 percentage points
  • Total Labor Force: 31,563 people (880 unemployed)

2. Baltimore City

  • May Unemployment Rate (Preliminary): 3%
  • 1-Month Change: Up 0.4 percentage points
  • 1-Year Change: Down 1.0 percentage points
  • Total Labor Force: 273,903 people (8,183 unemployed)

1. Somerset County

  • May Unemployment Rate (Preliminary): 3.2%
  • 1-Month Change: Up 0.3 percentage points
  • 1-Year Change: Down 1.0 percentage points
  • Total Labor Force: 9,135 people (291 unemployed)

As of May 2023, Somerset County holds the highest unemployment rate in Maryland at 3.2%. While the overall economy shows signs of recovery, these figures highlight the need for continued support and attention to bolster employment opportunities in these regions.

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