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Thursday, May 03, 2018

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Baltimore Area Employment – March 2018

Local Rate of Employment Growth Close to the National Average

Total nonfarm employment for the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, Md. Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 1,401,700 in March 2018, up 21,300, or 1.5 percent, over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. During the same period, the national job count increased 1.6 percent. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau’s regional commissioner, noted that the Baltimore area had over-the-year job gains each month since April 2014. (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 throughout.)

Industry employment

Education and health services had the largest annual job gain among Baltimore’s supersectors, adding 9,900 jobs since March 2017. The supersector’s 3.6-percent local rate of job growth was faster than the national rate of 1.9 percent. (See chart 2.)

Employment in professional and business services increased by 5,800 in the local area since March a year ago. The rate of local job growth for this supersector (2.6 percent) was close to the national rate (2.5 percent).

Three other supersectors—trade, transportation and utilities; mining, logging, and construction; and government—gained more than 1,000 jobs each in the Baltimore area from March 2017 to March 2018. The rate of local job growth for trade, transportation, and utilities (1.2 percent) was similar to the nation’s (1.1 percent). Baltimore’s employment growth in government was 0.7 percent, while the national rate was unchanged over the year.

No industry in the Baltimore area had a decline larger than 1,000 jobs from March 2017 to March 2018.

Metropolitan area employment data for April 2018 are scheduled to be released on Friday, May 18, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).

Technical Note

This release presents nonfarm payroll employment estimates from the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program. The CES survey is a Federal-State cooperative endeavor between State employment security agencies and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Definitions. Employment data refer to persons on establishment payrolls who receive pay for any part of the pay period which includes the 12th of the month. Persons are counted at their place of work rather than at their place of residence; those appearing on more than one payroll are counted on each payroll. Industries are classified on the basis of their principal activity in accordance with the 2017 version of the North American Industry Classification System.

Method of estimation. CES State and Area employment data are produced using several estimation procedures. Where possible these data are produced using a "weighted link relative" estimation technique in which a ratio of current-month weighted employment to that of the previous-month weighted employment is computed from a sample of establishments reporting for both months. The estimates of employment for the current month are then obtained by multiplying these ratios by the previous month's employment estimates. The weighted link relative technique is utilized for data series where the sample size meets certain statistical criteria.

Annual revisions. Employment estimates are adjusted annually to a complete count of jobs, called benchmarks, derived principally from tax reports which are submitted by employers who are covered under state unemployment insurance (UI) laws. The benchmark information is used to adjust the monthly estimates between the new benchmark and the preceding one and also to establish the level of employment for the new benchmark month. Thus, the benchmarking process establishes the level of employment, and the sample is used to measure the month-to-month changes in the level for the subsequent months.

Reliability of the estimates. The estimates presented in this release are based on sample survey and administrative data and thus are subject to sampling and other types of errors. Sampling error is a measure of sampling variability—that is, variation that occurs by chance because a sample rather than the entire population is surveyed. Survey data are also subject to nonsampling errors, such as those which can be introduced into the data collection and processing operations. Estimates not directly derived from sample surveys are subject to additional errors resulting from the special estimation processes used. The sums of individual items may not always equal the totals shown in the same tables because of rounding.

Employment estimates. Measures of sampling error for the total nonfarm employment series are available for metropolitan areas and metropolitan divisions at Measures of sampling error for more detailed series at the area and division level are available upon request. Measures of sampling error for states down to the supersector level are available on the BLS website at Measures of nonsampling error are not available for the areas contained in this news release. Information on recent benchmark revisions is available online at

Area definitions. The substate area data published in this release reflect the delineations issued by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget on July 15, 2015. A detailed list of the geographic definitions is available at

The Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, Md. Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard, and Queen Anne’s Counties and Baltimore City in Maryland.

Additional information

More complete information on the technical procedures used to develop these estimates and additional data appear in Employment and Earnings, which is available online at Industry employment data for states and metropolitan areas from the Current Employment Statistics program are also available in the above mentioned news releases and from the Internet at

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339.

Table 1. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector, United States and the Baltimore metropolitan area,
not seasonally adjusted (in thousands)
Area Back
Mar 2017 to
Mar 2018(1)

United States

Total nonfarm

145,078 145,435 146,667 147,332 2,254 1.6

Mining and logging

650 693 702 712 62 9.5


6,634 6,692 6,797 6,880 246 3.7


12,340 12,481 12,533 12,575 235 1.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

27,104 27,463 27,329 27,410 306 1.1


2,803 2,723 2,752 2,751 -52 -1.9

Financial activities

8,363 8,457 8,489 8,499 136 1.6

Professional and business services

20,070 20,326 20,469 20,568 498 2.5

Education and health services

23,185 23,241 23,590 23,622 437 1.9

Leisure and hospitality

15,524 15,440 15,594 15,824 300 1.9

Other services

5,712 5,751 5,780 5,797 85 1.5


22,693 22,168 22,632 22,694 1 0.0

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson Metropolitan Statistical Area

Total Nonfarm

1,380.4 1,380.0 1,391.6 1,401.7 21.3 1.5

Mining, logging, and construction

75.2 76.5 77.2 77.6 2.4 3.2


55.7 54.9 55.9 55.4 -0.3 -0.5

Trade, transportation, & utilities

241.2 245.9 243.0 244.1 2.9 1.2


17.6 16.9 17.1 17.2 -0.4 -2.3

Financial activities

79.8 81.5 80.9 79.7 -0.1 -0.1

Professional & business services

226.4 229.1 229.0 232.2 5.8 2.6

Education & health services

271.9 276.0 281.2 281.8 9.9 3.6

Leisure & hospitality

132.8 127.0 129.2 132.9 0.1 0.1

Other services

50.7 50.7 49.8 50.1 -0.6 -1.2


229.1 221.5 228.3 230.7 1.6 0.7

Baltimore City

Total Nonfarm

365.4 371.0 376.6 380.6 15.2 4.2

Mining, logging, and construction

11.0 11.4 11.5 11.6 0.6 5.5


10.6 10.4 10.5 10.5 -0.1 -0.9

Trade, transportation, & utilities

41.8 43.0 42.8 43.3 1.5 3.6


4.4 4.4 4.4 4.4 0.0 0.0

Financial activities

17.8 19.7 19.7 19.7 1.9 10.7

Professional & business services

47.2 51.5 49.9 50.6 3.4 7.2

Education & health services

118.6 122.1 125.4 126.2 7.6 6.4

Leisure & hospitality

28.9 26.6 27.8 29.2 0.3 1.0

Other services

12.2 11.9 11.9 11.9 -0.3 -2.5


72.9 70.0 72.7 73.2 0.3 0.4

(1) State and regional data for the most recent month are preliminary; U.S. data are preliminary for two months.

SOURCE: Current Employment Statistics - National - State and Metropolitan Area

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