Department of Numbers

Maine Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Maine fell 0.3 percentage points in January 2015 to 5.2%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 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 3.1 percentage points lower. You can also see Maine unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.7% +0.1 -0.9
Maine 5.2% -0.3 -0.8

Note: All comparisons are made with January data as February state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Maine, National

Maine monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Maine Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Maine peaked in May 2009 at 57,955. There are now 21,937 fewer people unemployed in the state. Maine job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Maine 36,018 -1,993 -6,421

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Maine from 1990 to January 2015

Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployed
February 2015 5.5%
January 2015 5.7% 5.2% 36,018
December 2014 5.6% 5.5% 38,011
November 2014 5.8% 5.5% 38,322
October 2014 5.7% 5.6% 38,667
September 2014 5.9% 5.6% 38,998
August 2014 6.1% 5.6% 39,287
July 2014 6.2% 5.7% 39,531
June 2014 6.1% 5.7% 39,766
May 2014 6.3% 5.7% 40,040
April 2014 6.2% 5.8% 40,427
March 2014 6.6% 5.8% 40,961