[photo, Baltimore Farmers' Market, Holliday St. and Saratoga St., Baltimore, Maryland]
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  • Baltimore Farmers' Market, Holliday St. & Saratoga St., Baltimore, Maryland, November 2007. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


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     [photo, Window washers, St. Agnes Hospital, Catonsville, Maryland] In Maryland, State agencies concerned with employment (including unemployment insurance & job-seeker assistance) are the Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning, the Division of Unemployment Insurance, and the Division of Labor and Industry. Each is part of the Maryland Department of Labor.

    Window washers, St. Agnes Hospital, Catonsville, Maryland, April 2011. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

    Information about employment within State government agencies is available from the Office of Personnel Services and Benefits of the Department of Budget and Management. Those agencies employing the most workers include the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services; the Department of Transportation; the Maryland Department of Health; and the Department of Human Services.

    In 2018, Maryland ranked third in the Milken Institute's State Technology and Science Index. The rankings are based on five categories: human capital investment; research and development inputs, risk capital and entrepreneurial infrastructure; technology and science workforce, and technology concentration and dynamism.

    In 2017, Maryland ranked fifth nationally in concentration of technology industry jobs, which constituted 9.5% of the total workforce. In Maryland, the average annual wage for employees in this field is $109,964. Some 14,840 tech businesses were located in Maryland as of 2017.

    [photo, Under Armour Global Headquarters, 1020 Hull St., Baltimore, Maryland] [photo, Under Armour headquarters, Baltimore, Maryland]


  • Major Employers by State & County
  • Approximately 81.6% of those working in Maryland are employed by the private sector, while federal, State, county and municipal governments employ 18.4% of the workforce.

    Under Armour Global Headquarters (left), 1020 Hull St., Baltimore, Maryland, June 2019. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
    Under Armour Headquarters (right), 1020 Hull St., Baltimore, Maryland, April 2015. Photo by Sarah A. Hanks.

    The Department of Defense maintains a large presence in Maryland. There are 350 research centers, 20 military facilities, more than 60 federal civilian agencies, 74 laboratories, and 15 of the nation's top 20 aerospace and defense firms. The Department of Defense employs more than 400,000 workers with over $20 billion in total wages. The largest employer in Maryland is Fort George G. Meade with over 50,000 employees. The military industry generates over $57 billion and constitutes one-fifth of Maryland's total output.
    [photo, Domino Sugar plant and cargo ship, Baltimore, Maryland] In 2018, the University System of Maryland was the largest private employer in Maryland. The System employs 39,900 faculty and staff. Other leading employers in the State include University of Maryland Medical System; The Johns Hopkins University; Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System; MedStar Health; and Marriott International.

    Domino Sugar plant and cargo ship, Baltimore, Maryland, April 2015. Photo by Sarah A. Hanks.

    [photo, DAP world headquarters, Baltimore, Maryland] In 2018, Maryland had more than 172,000 businesses that employed over 2.6 million workers with an annual payroll of over $163 billion. Corporate headquarters of well-known businesses, such as McCormick, Lockheed Martin, Under Armour, DAP, Phillips Seafood, T. Rowe Price, and Goetze's Candy are located in Maryland.

    Financial services is a growing sector in the Maryland economy. Brokerage firms, insurers, and other financial companies maintain their home operations or a significant presence in the State.

    In 2018, government employees in Maryland numbered 489,102. Of these, 144,948 were federal workers, 99,857 worked for State government, and 244,297 were employed by county and municipal governments.

    DAP world headquarters, Baltimore, Maryland, May 2015. Photo by Sarah A. Hanks.

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