Montgomery County had sluggish employment growth in employment and a net loss in businesses in 2018, according to preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Employment in Montgomery County grew by 0.5% in 2018, or 2,121 jobs. The 2018 growth rate is slightly lower than the average rate in the county of 0.7% from 2010-17.
By comparison, in 2018 Arlington County grew at a rate of 0.9%, Fairfax County by 1.8% and Loudoun County by 2.8%.
Employment in the Washington region grew by 1.0%, or 31,177 jobs, in 2018. Montgomery County lagged behind every major jurisdiction in the region in job growth last year except for Prince George’s County and Alexandria City.