Maryland unemployment falls for the first time since 2007

Updated : February 5th, 2021

Since the recession hit the state, this was the first time that the Maryland unemployment rate declined. This happened mainly because of the addition of jobs. The unemployment rate dipped to 7.5 percent last month from 7.7 percent. The businesses and agencies created 8,200 jobs. Hence an estimate of 36,000 jobs were gained.

Another positive sign has been the fall in the number of new claims for the unemployment benefits in the state. About 7,100 jobs were gained in the leisure and hospitality sector and 3,200 jobs were gained in education and health services sector.



“Today’s announcement is another positive sign for families and businesses in Maryland,” Gov. Martin O’Malley said in a press release Friday. “Building on our progress in March, Maryland created thousands of jobs in April as we come through the national recession. While there is still more to do, this second straight month of jobs gains shows that our economy is turning in a positive direction.”

According to the reports, the statistics show Maryland’s unemployment rate remains well below the national average, which climbed to 9.9 percent in April, up from 9.7 percent in March. First-time claims for unemployment benefits declined 11 percent in April, to 28,738.

The officials believe that the economy in Maryland is showing signs of recovery and that is a good news for the unemployed in the state.

If you want to know more about the unemployment claims in the state, then you can refer to the unemployment benefits guide of Maryland.



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  1. My benefits ended Jan. 11, 2020. Will I be eligible for 13 week extension and if so how do I claim in N.J.?

    1. John,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly. Please read more about the situation here https://fileunemployment.org/coronavirus/

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

  2. I have been trying to apply for unemployment,on-line and by phone, for several days. My first attempt was on the day that I was required by last name. I truly understand that there is going to be an extremely large,either by phone or on-line,influs of applicants to complete this process. Following the prompts do not seem to work since I am guided to another section that does not pertain to applying. I am extremely frustrated. I need to complete my unemployment claim. May you please tell me what I need to do?

    1. Edna,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly. Please read more about the situation here https://fileunemployment.org/coronavirus/

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

    1. I am not sure how it works in your state. We suggest you visit the Unemployment Office’s website and learn more about it under the FAQs section.

  3. I am confused, my Illinois unemployment was accepted on March 29th, but I don’t call to certify for benefits until Monday, March 13th. I thought they were waiving the waiting week. Now I have to wait almost 3 weeks for any kind of financial relief? Do I not get the 600 for the care plan? if I do when will that be here? will it be direct deposit? Please help me.

    1. Jennifer,

      Please try finding answers online since there might be limited phone support due to the shortage of staffing. You can use the “Resources” or “FAQs” section of the website.

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