ECONOMY

EMPLOYMENT


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Labor Force

Unemployment Insurance

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Information about employment within State government agencies is available from the Office of Personnel Services and Benefits of the Department of Budget and Management.

In Maryland, State agencies concerned with employment (including unemployment insurance & job-seeker assistance) are the Division of Employment and Training, and the Division of Labor and Industry. Both are part of the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.


TOTAL LABOR FORCE EMPLOYED IN MARYLAND*
(annual averages)

1997 1998 1999 2000
Maryland 2,231,499 2,284,671 2,347,638 2,404,095
Private Sector
nonmanufacturing industry
1,645,289 (73.7%) 1,687,246 (73.8%) 1,744,916 (74.3%) 1,792,860 (74.6%)
services 710,287 737,058 766,113 793,234
trade (wholesale) 110,300 110,795 112,958 114,255
trade (retail) 426,555 430,447 435,939 441,981
contract construction 137,820 140,815 149,808 156,501
finance, insurance, real estate 131,161 134,394 139,642 138,203
transportation, communications,
public utilities
103,126 103,892 108,446 111,441
other 26,070 29,745 32,010 37,245
Public Sector 409,488 (18.4%) 419,274 (18.4%) 425,860 (18.1%) 431,134 (17.9%)
local government 195,356 203,116 207,284 210,707
state government 89,662 89,483 91,634 93,713
federal government 125,470 126,675 126,942 126,714
Private Sector
manufacturing
176,722 (7.9%) 178,051 (7.8%) 176,862 (7.5%) 180,101 (7.4%)

* Resident and nonresident wage-earners working in Maryland.


CIVILIAN LABOR FORCE
(annual averages)

1997 1998 1999 2000
Employed* 2,648,000 2,625,286 2,667,735 2,696,543
Unemployed** 142,000 (5.1%) 125,175 (4.6%) 97,909 (3.5%) 108,284 (3.9%)
TOTAL 2,789,000 2,750,461 2,765,644 2,804,827

* Resident wage-earners working either in Maryland or out of state.
** Unemployed Maryland residents actively seeking work.


WAGES
(weekly averages)

1997 1998 1999 2000
Maryland $611 $640 $663 $701
Private Sector
nonmanufacturing industry
services $595 $622 $651 $694
trade (wholesale) $794 $844 $891 $959
trade (retail) $328 $345 $355 $368
contract construction $629 $669 $702 $738
finance, insurance, real estate $824 $874 $916 $969
transportation, communications, public utilities $734 $773 $796 $847
other $445 $506 $555 $592
Public Sector
local government $612 $629 $644 $666
state government $620 $640 $675 $710
federal government $861 $1,006 $974 $1,029
Private Sector
manufacturing
$763 $802 $830 $883

Source: Office of Labor Market Analysis & Information,
Department of Labor, Licensing, & Regulation

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