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Bangor, Maine Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bangor fell 0.3 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Maine rate. The unemployment rate in Bangor peaked in March 2010 at 7.9% and is now 4.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Bangor unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Maine 3.3% -0.2 -0.5
Bangor 3.2% -0.3 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Bangor, Maine, National

Bangor, Maine monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Bangor, Maine Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Bangor peaked in March 2010 at 5,585. There are now 3,344 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,001 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 240. Bangor employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bangor, Maine) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Bangor 2,241 -255 -407

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bangor, Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Bangor
Unemployment Rate
Bangor
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.3% 3.2% 2,241
October
2017
4.1% 3.5% 3.5% 2,496
September
2017
4.2% 3.7% 3.6% 2,567
August
2017
4.4% 3.8% 3.7% 2,651
July
2017
4.3% 3.7% 3.8% 2,694
June
2017
4.3% 3.5% 3.9% 2,771
May
2017
4.3% 3.2% 3.6% 2,548
April
2017
4.4% 3.0% 3.1% 2,179
March
2017
4.5% 3.0% 2.8% 2,001
February
2017
4.7% 3.2% 3.0% 2,086
January
2017
4.8% 3.5% 3.3% 2,326

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.