Department of Numbers

Maine Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Maine rose 0.2 percentage points in July 2017 to 3.7%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 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 4.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also see Maine unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate July 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.3% -0.1 -0.6
Maine 3.7% +0.2 -0.3

Unemployment Rate: Maine, National

Maine monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to July 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Maine Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Maine peaked in May 2009 at 57,955. There are now 31,721 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 20,912 in April 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,322. Maine job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Maine 26,234 +1,494 -1,477

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Maine from 1990 to July 2017

Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployed
July 2017 4.3% 3.7% 26,234
June 2017 4.4% 3.5% 24,740
May 2017 4.3% 3.2% 22,585
April 2017 4.4% 3.0% 20,912
March 2017 4.5% 3.0% 20,923
February 2017 4.7% 3.2% 22,359
January 2017 4.8% 3.5% 24,351
December 2016 4.7% 3.8% 26,095
November 2016 4.6% 3.8% 26,642
October 2016 4.8% 3.9% 27,153
September 2016 4.9% 4.0% 27,571
August 2016 4.9% 4.0% 27,794