Department of Numbers

Maine Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Maine fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 4.0%. The state unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Maine peaked in May 2009 at 8.3% and is now 4.3 percentage points lower. You can also see Maine unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Maine 4.0% -0.1 -1.5

Note: All comparisons are made with December data as January state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Maine, National

Maine monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Maine Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Maine peaked in May 2009 at 57,955. There are now 31,124 fewer people unemployed in the state. Maine job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Maine 26,831 -1,026 -11,180

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Maine from 1990 to December 2015

Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 4.0% 26,831
November 2015 5.0% 4.1% 27,857
October 2015 5.0% 4.3% 29,059
September 2015 5.1% 4.4% 30,181
August 2015 5.1% 4.5% 31,087
July 2015 5.3% 4.6% 31,959
June 2015 5.3% 4.7% 32,809
May 2015 5.5% 4.7% 32,171
April 2015 5.4% 4.7% 32,083
March 2015 5.5% 4.8% 33,100
February 2015 5.5% 5.0% 34,350