Poverty and unemployment higher than U.S. average

Like many big cities, Baltimore has historically had a higher unemployment rate and more of the population below the poverty line than the U.S. average.

Baltimore poverty

23.3%

22.6%

20%

U.S. poverty

15.4%

13.3%

Baltimore

unemployment

8.1%

13%

7.8%

7.3%

5.3%

5.1%

U.S. unemployment

5.4%

4.4%

4.2%

1995

1999

2005

2007

2013

2015

Martin O’Malley

becomes mayor

O’Malley

becomes governor

Baltimore in middle of pack

From 2007 to 2010, unemployment rates and poverty levels increased across the nation. Since then, most cities have been recovering. Baltimore is faring better than Detroit but worse than many other cities.

2007

2010

2013

BALTIMORE

The red line represents the period between 2007 and 2010, during which Baltimore experienced an increase in both unemployment and poverty.

The blue line represents the period between 2010 and 2013, during which Baltimore experienced a slight decline in both unemployment and poverty.

Poverty

High

Balt.

U.S.

Low

High

Unemployment

NEW YORK

CLEVELAND

D.C.

Poverty

Poverty

Poverty

Unemployment

Unemployment

Unemployment

PHILADELPHIA

PITTSBURGH

SEATTLE

Poverty

Poverty

Poverty

Unemployment

Unemployment

Unemployment

BOSTON

DETROIT

Poverty

Poverty

Unemployment

Unemployment

Unemployment rates are monthly and not seasonally adjusted.

March was used as a comparison point.

Poverty and unemployment higher than U.S. average

Like many big cities, Baltimore has historically had a higher unemployment rate and more of the population below the poverty line than the U.S. average.

Baltimore

U.S.

 

23.3%

22.6%

Poverty

15.4%

13.3%

 

8.1%

UNEMPLOYMENT

7.8%

5.4%

5.1%

1995

2015

1999

2007

Martin O’Malley

becomes mayor

O’Malley

becomes governor

Baltimore in middle of pack

From 2007 to 2010, unemployment rates and poverty levels increased across the nation. Since then, most cities have been recovering. Baltimore is faring better than Detroit but worse than many other cities.

2007

2010

2013

The red line represents the period between 2007 and 2010, during which Baltimore experienced an increase in both unemployment and poverty.

The blue line represents the period between 2010 and 2013, during which Baltimore experienced a slight decline in both unemployment and poverty.

BALTIMORE

Poverty

High

Balt.

U.S.

Low

High

Unemployment

D.C.

Poverty

Unemployment

NEW YORK

Poverty

Unemployment

CLEVELAND

Poverty

Unemployment

PHILADELPHIA

Poverty

Unemployment

PITTSBURGH

Poverty

Unemployment

SEATTLE

Poverty

Unemployment

BOSTON

Poverty

Unemployment

DETROIT

Poverty

Unemployment

Unemployment rates are monthly and

not seasonally adjusted.

March was used as a comparison point.