Department of Numbers

Maine Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Maine rose 0.1 percentage points in August 2016 to 4.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.9 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. From a post peak low of 3.4% in March 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also see Maine unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% 0.0 -0.2
Maine 4.0% +0.1 -0.3

Unemployment Rate: Maine, National

Maine monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Maine Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Maine peaked in May 2009 at 57,955. There are now 30,111 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 22,864 in April 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,980. Maine job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Maine 27,844 +1,142 -1,427

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Maine from 1990 to August 2016

Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployed
August 2016 4.9% 4.0% 27,844
July 2016 4.9% 3.9% 26,702
June 2016 4.9% 3.7% 25,053
May 2016 4.7% 3.5% 23,637
April 2016 5.0% 3.4% 22,864
March 2016 5.0% 3.4% 22,982
February 2016 4.9% 3.6% 24,008
January 2016 4.9% 3.8% 25,673
December 2015 5.0% 4.0% 27,046
November 2015 5.0% 4.1% 27,541
October 2015 5.0% 4.2% 28,125
September 2015 5.1% 4.2% 28,719