Department of Numbers

Maine Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Maine fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2016 to 3.8%. 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 4.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in March 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also see Maine unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Maine 3.8% -0.2 -0.2

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 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 31,796 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 22,864 in April 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,295. Maine job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Maine 26,159 -1,350 -887

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployed
January 2017 4.8%
December 2016 4.7% 3.8% 26,159
November 2016 4.6% 4.0% 27,509
October 2016 4.8% 4.0% 27,940
September 2016 4.9% 4.1% 28,112
August 2016 4.9% 4.0% 27,753
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