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Workforce Development Statistics

Baltimore County enjoys a highly educated and skilled workforce. With an unemployment rate on the decline and employer demand for low-, middle- and high-skilled jobs, the County is a desirable place for both employers and its workforce. Explore the data below:

Labor Availability

Civilian Labor Force (May 2018)

Baltimore County

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

Total Civilian Labor Force

454,842

1,505,560

Employment

436,580

1,445,720

Unemployment

18,262

59,840

Unemployment Rate

4.0 percent

4.0 percent

Source: Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Educational Attainment

Educational Attainment

2016 Estimate

Percentage

Population 25 years and over

576,783

89 percent

Less than 9th grade

16,680

2.9 percent

9th to 12th grade, no diploma

30,920

5.4 percent

High school graduate (includes equivalency)

154,668

26.8 percent

Some college, no degree

113,368

 19.7 percent

Associate's degree

41,637

7.2 percent

Bachelor's degree

128,010

22.2 percent

Graduate or professional degree

91,500

15.9 percent

Percent high school graduate or higher

91.7 percent

Percent bachelor's degree or higher

38.1 percent

Source: 2014 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates

Baltimore County Total Employment

Total Employment by Degree Requirements

Skill Level

2001

2015

2024

2001 to 2015
Change

2015 to 2024
Change

Total

359,764

372,326

12,563

12,563 (3.5 percent)

12,889 (3.5 percent)

High Skilled Jobs

81,126

91,827

97,661

10,701 (13.2 percent)

5,834 (6.4 percent)

Middle Skilled Jobs

38,096

42,563

44,458

4,468 (11.7 percent)

1,895 (4.5 percent)

Low Skilled Jobs

240,542

237,936

243,096

-2,606 (-1.1 percent)

5,160 (2.2 percent)

Source: Jacob France Institute analysis of EMSI Data

Total Employment by Education Level

Education Level

2001

2015

2024

2001 to 2015
Change

2015 to 2024
Change

Total

360,132

372,748

385,650

12,616 (3.5 percent)

12,902 (3.5 percent)

Less than high school

93,238

97358

101,175

4,120 (4.4 percent)

3,817 (3.9 percent)

High school diploma or equivalent

147,304

140,578

141,921

-6,727 (-4.6 percent)

1,343 (1 percent)

Postsecondary non-degree award

19,446

21,382

22,435

1,936 (10 percent)

1,053 (4.9 percent)

Some college, no degree

4,549

4,900

5,047

351 (7.7 percent)

147 (3 percent)

Associate's degree

14,101

16,282

16,977

2,181 (15.5 percent)

695 (4.3 percent)

Bachelor's degree

65,885

73,682

78,383

7,796 (11.8 percent)

4,701 (6.4 percent)

Master's degree

5,321

6,702

7,111

1,381 (25.9 percent)

409 (6.1 percent)

Doctoral or professional degree

9,919

11,443

12,167

1,524 (15.4 percent)

723 (6.3 percent)

Unallocated

368

422

435

53 (14.5 percent)

13 (3.1 percent)

Source: Jacob France Institute analysis of EMSI Data

Total Employment by Leading High-, Middle- and Low-Skilled Occupations

This table shows the top five occupations in each of the three skill levels—low, middle and high—and their corresponding 2015 employment total median wage and typical entry level of education required in Baltimore County.

Occupation and Skill Level

Employment 2015

Median Wage

Typical Entry Level Education

High-Skilled Occupations

General and operations managers

6,415

$52.97

Bachelor's degree

Accountants and auditors

4,368

$32.41

Bachelor's degree

Postsecondary teachers

4,274

$32.94

Doctoral or professional degree

Elementary school teachers (except special education)

3,676

$27.60

Bachelor's degree

Secondary school teachers (except special, career and technical education)

3,247

$26.87

Bachelor's degree

Middle-Skilled Occupations

Registered nurses

7,110

$33.69

Associate's degree

Nursing assistants

4,932

$12.98

Postsecondary, non-degree award

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

2,845

$20.00

Postsecondary, non-degree award

Teacher assistants

2,817

$11.64

Some college, no degree

Licensed practical and vocational nurses

2,105

$23.63

Postsecondary, non-degree award

Low-Skilled Occupations

Cashiers

12,775

$8.97

Less than high school

Retail salespersons

12,170

$9.87

Less than high school

Secretaries and administrative assistants (except legal, medical and executive)

8,598

$16.84

High school diploma or equivalent

Customer service representatives

7,841

$15.91

High school diploma or equivalent

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

6,475

$8.62

Less than high school

Source: Jacob France Institute analysis of EMSI Data

Income 2016

Income Type

Baltimore County

Maryland

U.S.

Median Household Income

$68,989

$76,067

$55,322

Average Household Income

$91,300

$100,071

$77,866

Per Capita Income

$35,777

$37,756

$29,829

Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census

Income Distribution (By Percent Households) 2016

Distribution

Baltimore County

Maryland

U.S.

Under $25,000

15 percent

14.9 percent

22.3 percent

$25,000 to $49,999

20 percent

17.6 percent

23.1 percent

$50,000 to $74,999

19.1 percent

16.9 percent

17.8 percent

$75,000 to $99,999

13.8 percent

13.3 percent

12.2 percent

$100,000 to $149,999

17.6 percent

18.4 percent

13.5 percent

$150,000 to $199,999

7.5 percent

9.2 percent

5.4 percent

$200,000 and over

7.1 percent

9.7 percent

5.7 percent

Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census

Disclaimer of Data Accuracy

Data shown are based on current County, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), State and national data sets. If you have any questions related to the data presented, we encourage you to e-mail datasupport@baltimorecountymd.gov.

 
 
Revised July 30, 2018