Department of Numbers

Maine Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Maine fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2021 to 4.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Maine peaked in April 2020 at 9.1% and is now 4.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.8% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Maine unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.2% -0.2 -3.2
Maine 4.9% 0.0 -0.3

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

Unemployment Rate: Maine, National

Maine monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Maine Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Maine peaked in February 2010 at 60,876. There are now 27,654 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 18,015 in May 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 15,207. Maine job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Maine 33,222 +50 -1,296

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Maine from 1990 to August 2021

Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployed
September 2021 4.8%
August 2021 5.2% 4.9% 33,222
July 2021 5.4% 4.9% 33,172
June 2021 5.9% 4.8% 32,471
May 2021 5.8% 4.8% 32,422
April 2021 6.1% 4.8% 32,510
March 2021 6.0% 4.8% 32,591
February 2021 6.2% 4.8% 32,398
January 2021 6.3% 5.2% 35,047
December 2020 6.7% 5.0% 33,360
November 2020 6.7% 4.9% 32,749
October 2020 6.9% 4.8% 31,892