ANNAPOLIS, MD (AP) – A new report says Maryland’s economic growth effectively stalled in 2017 and has been stagnant ever since. That’s despite the fact that the state tops the nation in several key economic categories. The first of its kind report released by Comptroller Brooke Lierman notes that Maryland has the highest median household income of about $108,200 and the nation’s lowest unemployment rate at 1.8%. The report found that Maryland is behind neighboring states and the nation in gross domestic product, personal income, real wages, and population growth. Housing affordability and availability is potentially driving migration out of the state and hurting efforts to attract new residents who could fill job vacancies. People leaving Maryland tend to be under age 26 or over age 55 and make either less than $50,000 or more than $100,000, according to the report.

BROOKE LIERMAN