[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 Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.

    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 Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; and the Department of Human Resources.

    In 2014, Maryland ranked 4th nationally in concentration of technology jobs: 86 of every 1,000 private sector workers. The average annual wage for employees in this field is $101,849, the eighth highest in the nation.

    In 2014, Maryland ranked second in the nation in the fields of technology and science, as well as in human capital investment (Milken Institute index). Human capital investment is determined by creating a population average of SAT and ACT test scores, state education appropriations and spending, as well as academic degrees, particularly in the fields of engineering and sciences. Some 11,440 high-tech companies were located in Maryland as of 2013.

    [photo, Under Armour headquarters, Baltimore, Maryland]


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  • Approximately 81% of those working in Maryland are employed by the private sector, while federal, State, county and municipal governments employ 19% of the workforce.

    Under Armour headquarters, Baltimore, Maryland, April 2015. Photo by Sarah A. Hanks.

    [photo, Domino Sugar plant and cargo ship, Baltimore, Maryland] In 2014, the University System of Maryland was the largest private employer in Maryland. The System employs 38,640 faculty and staff. Other leading employers in the State include The Johns Hopkins University; University of Maryland Medical System; Johns Hopkins Hospital; Walmart; and MedStar Health.

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

    [photo, DAP world headquarters, Baltimore, Maryland] In 2014, Maryland had more than 163,833 businesses that employed over 2 million workers with an annual payroll of nearly $110 billion. In the manufacturing sector, sixteen of twenty industrial categories are represented with corporate headquarters of well-known businesses, such as Black & Decker, McCormick, and Lockheed Martin located in Maryland. Other businesses with their corporate headquarters in Maryland include Under Armour, Choice Hotels, DAP, and Goetze's Candy. 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.

    Government employees in Maryland in 2014 numbered 485,989. Of these, 142,992 were federal workers, 99,484 worked for State government, and 243,513 were employed by county and municipal governments.

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

    Source: Employment and Payrolls - Industry Series - Maryland 2012, Division of Workforce Development & Adult Learning, Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.

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