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Employment

Distribution by Industry

Maryland's economy is dominated by service-providing industries, accounting for over 70 percent of the state's employment in 2013.

Goods Producing Industries

  • Highly diversified manufacturing base with 16 of the 20 major manufacturing groups well represented. 
  • Centered in computer and electronic products with nearly 19,000 workers.  
  • According to TechAmerica, Maryland ranks fourth among the states in measuring and control instruments manufacturing with 12,200 jobs.
  • Other important durable goods industries include fabricated metal products, transportation equipment and machinery.
  • For non-durables, major sectors incluide food, chemicals, printing, and plastic and rubber products.

Service Providing

  • Maryland ranks second in professional and technical workers as a percentage of the workforce (27.7%) with over 235,000 workers in professional, scientific and technical service industries. 
  • According to TechAmerica, Maryland ranks fifth in computer systems design (66,900 jobs); and seventh in engineering services (33,400 jobs).
  • Technology jobs comprise 86 of every 1,000 private sector jobs - fourth in the nation.

                         2013 Employment by Industry – By Place of Work

 

Industry Group

Number of 
Establishments 

 

Employment

Percent of Total Employment

TOTAL

 169,829

 2,532,403

100.0%

Total Govt. Sector

3,512

487,073

19.2%

 Federal Government

1,014

144,612

5.7%

 State Government

439

100,379

4.0%

 Local Government

2,059

242,082

9.6%

Total Private Sector

 166,317

2,045,330

80.8%

 Goods-Producing 

21,255

259,046

10.2%

  Natural Resouces, Mining

 709

 6,338

 0.3%

  Construction 

 16,795

 146,207

 5.8%

  Manufacturing

 3,751

 106,501

 4.2%

 Service-Producing

 144,990

 1,786,284

 70.5%

  Utilities 

 150

9,719

 0.4%

  Wholesale Trade

 10,764

 85,854

 3.4%

  Retail Trade

 18,981

 284,551

 11.2%

  Transp. & Warehousing

3,843

 65,338

 2.6%

  Information

 2,635

 39,491

 1.6%

  Financial Activities

14,840

 138,212

 5.5%

  Prof. & Business Services

40,236

 417,061

 16.5%

  Education & Health Svcs.

19,192

 403,282

 15.9%

  Leisure & Hospitality

14,372

 254,166

10.0%

  Other Services

19,977

 896103

 3.5%

Notes: Details may not add due to rounding and exclusion of some industries.  Data in this table are from Maryland's QCEW Program which covers over 91% of all civilian employment in the state.  Data are based on the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS).

Source: Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Office of Workforce Information and Performance.

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