For Release: Friday, October 30, 2020
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Baltimore Area Employment – September 2020
Local Rate of Employment Growth Down 6.3 Percent Over the Year
Total nonfarm employment for the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at
1,332,000 in September 2020, down 6.3 percent over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported
today. During the same period, the national job count decreased 6.4 percent. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau’s
regional commissioner, noted that the Baltimore area had seven consecutive months of over-the-year job
losses. (See chart 1 and table 1; the Technical Note at the end of this release contains the metropolitan area
definition. All data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year analysis is used
Leisure and hospitality had the largest annual job loss among Baltimore’s supersectors, losing 26,400 jobs
since September 2019. The supersector’s 18.9-percent local rate of job loss compared to the national rate of
21.7 percent. (See chart 2.)
Employment in education and health services and government decreased by 22,300 and 20,400, respectively,
in the local area since September a year ago. The rate of local job decline for the education and health services
supersector (-8.0 percent) was almost twice the national rate (-4.7 percent). The Baltimore area’s government
supersector had a 9.2-percent decline in employment, more than double the nation’s 3.7 percent loss.
Two other Baltimore area supersectors lost more than 5,000 jobs each over the year—professional and
business services (-8,300) and trade, transportation, and utilities (-6,600).
Metropolitan area employment data for October 2020 are scheduled to be released on Friday, November
20, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).