Department of Numbers

Maine Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Maine fell 0.2 percentage points in March 2016 to 3.4%. The state unemployment rate was 1.6 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 4.9 percentage points lower. You can also see Maine unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
Maine 3.4% -0.2 -1.2

Unemployment Rate: Maine, National

Maine monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 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 34,959 fewer people unemployed in the state. Maine job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Maine 22,996 -1,012 -8,459

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployed
March 2016 5.0% 3.4% 22,996
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
August 2015 5.1% 4.3% 29,271
July 2015 5.3% 4.4% 29,722
June 2015 5.3% 4.4% 30,047
May 2015 5.5% 4.5% 30,348
April 2015 5.4% 4.5% 30,781