Department of Numbers

Maine Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Maine fell 0.3 percentage points in December 2017 to 3.0%. The state unemployment rate was 1.1 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 5.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Maine unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Maine 3.0% -0.3 -0.8

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 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 37,253 fewer people unemployed in the state. Maine job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Maine 20,702 -2,434 -5,393

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployed
January 2018 4.1%
December 2017 4.1% 3.0% 20,702
November 2017 4.1% 3.3% 23,136
October 2017 4.1% 3.5% 24,970
September 2017 4.2% 3.7% 26,101
August 2017 4.4% 3.8% 26,770
July 2017 4.3% 3.7% 26,216
June 2017 4.3% 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