Each month, the Maryland Survey of Business Activity is sent electronically or by mail to about 160 contacts whose firm type, firm size and location collectively match the profile of businesses in Maryland. In a typical month, approximately 75 contacts respond to the survey.
Respondents provide information on current activity and their expectations for activity over the next six months. Their responses include information on overall business activity in the state and at their business, including sales, inventories, and investment in new equipment or software. In addition, respondents inform us about employment conditions, wages, prices paid for energy and materials, and prices received for their goods and services.
The summary results of each survey are provided to the public on the fourth Thursday of the month.