Department of Numbers

Maine Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Maine rose 0.2 percentage points in August 2018 to 3.2%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Maine peaked in June 2009 at 8.3% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in March 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also see Maine unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% 0.0 -0.5
Maine 3.2% +0.2 -0.2

Unemployment Rate: Maine, National

Maine monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Maine Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Maine peaked in June 2009 at 57,483. There are now 35,053 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 19,162 in April 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,268. Maine job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Maine 22,430 +934 -1,394

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Maine from 1990 to August 2018

Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployed
August 2018 3.9% 3.2% 22,430
July 2018 3.9% 3.0% 21,496
June 2018 4.0% 2.9% 20,390
May 2018 3.8% 2.8% 19,551
April 2018 3.9% 2.7% 19,162
March 2018 4.1% 2.7% 19,187
February 2018 4.1% 2.9% 20,009
January 2018 4.1% 3.0% 21,008
December 2017 4.1% 3.1% 22,048
November 2017 4.1% 3.1% 22,033
October 2017 4.1% 3.2% 22,306
September 2017 4.2% 3.3% 23,052