Maryland's unemployment rate crept up a notch in November, to 6.5 percent, from 6.4 percent in October, the state reported yesterday. But while the overall jobless rate increased, economists found reason to cheer thanks to some good news found in a survey of employers.
Total employment, measured in a survey of Maryland households, fell by 3,725 people, to 2.43 million, in November, according to the Maryland Department of Economic and Employment Development. But almost 1,400 people left the labor force, so unemployment increased by just 2,327 people.
Maryland reports employment numbers one month later than the federal government. And unlike the national numbers, the state data are not seasonally adjusted.
Baltimore City had a 10 percent unemployment rate in November, up from 9.9 percent the month before. The unemployment rate in the Washington suburbs remained steady, at 4.8 percent.
Western Maryland had the highest rate of any area, with 9 percent unemployment. Among counties, Worcester County's 14.8 percent rate, up from 10 percent in October, was highest.
But a different indicator of employment, a survey of employers, showed statewide employment increased in November, by about 4,600 jobs. It was the third month in a row that companies reported higher payroll employment.
The separate surveys of households and employers often differ. The report on households measures employment, whether inside the state or not, of state residents. The employer survey tracks the number of jobs offered in the state.