Maryland unemployment data is not limited to information related just to unemployment rates in Maryland itself. Due to its location, Maryland unemployment information compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is a division of the Department of Labor of the federal government of the United States of America, focuses on unemployment data for several surrounding regions. The major metropolitan areas that affect Maryland unemployment data are:
· the Baltimore-Towson, MD metropolitan area,
· the Cumberland, MD-WV metropolitan area,
· the Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV metropolitan area,
· the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD metropolitan area,
· the Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ metropolitan area,
· the Salisbury, MD metropolitan area,
· the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV metropolitan area,
· the Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD metropolitan area,
· and the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV metropolitan area.
In addition to worrying about the surrounding metropolitan areas that are affected by factors outside of the borders of the State of Maryland, the Maryland Unemployment Insurance Division of the Maryland Department of Labor worries about supplying Maryland Unemployment insurance to individuals in the state who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Maryland Unemployment Insurance holds the Department of Labor to provide the insurance to the 216.6 thousand individuals, 7.3 percent of the Civilian Labor Force, who as of August 2010, the most recent period for which information was available, were eligible to receive Maryland Unemployment Insurance.