Department of Numbers

Maine Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Maine fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2014 to 5.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Maine peaked in December 2009 at 8.4% and is now 2.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in June 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Maine unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.1 -1.4
Maine 5.8% 0.0 -0.7

Unemployment Rate: Maine, National

Maine monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Maine Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Maine peaked in February 2010 at 59,043. There are now 18,255 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 38,736 in July 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,052. Maine job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Maine 40,788 +164 -5,342

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Maine from 1990 to October 2014

Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployed
October 2014 5.8% 5.8% 40,788
September 2014 5.9% 5.8% 40,624
August 2014 6.1% 5.6% 39,793
July 2014 6.2% 5.5% 38,736
June 2014 6.1% 5.5% 39,346
May 2014 6.3% 5.7% 40,592
April 2014 6.3% 5.7% 40,453
March 2014 6.7% 5.9% 41,771
February 2014 6.7% 6.1% 43,048
January 2014 6.6% 6.2% 44,135
December 2013 6.7% 6.4% 45,087
November 2013 7.0% 6.4% 45,592
October 2013 7.2% 6.5% 46,130