Department of Numbers

Maine Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Maine fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2020 to 4.9%. The state unemployment rate was 1.8 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Maine peaked in April 2020 at 10.4% and is now 5.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in November 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Maine unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% 0.0 +3.1
Maine 4.9% 0.0 +1.9

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

Unemployment Rate: Maine, National

Maine monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Maine Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Maine peaked in April 2020 at 68,803. There are now 35,580 fewer people unemployed in the state. Maine job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Maine 33,223 -113 +12,585

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Maine from 1990 to December 2020

Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployed
January 2021 6.3%
December 2020 6.7% 4.9% 33,223
November 2020 6.7% 4.9% 33,336
October 2020 6.9% 5.4% 36,843
September 2020 7.8% 6.1% 41,919
August 2020 8.4% 7.0% 47,230
July 2020 10.2% 9.9% 68,735
June 2020 11.1% 6.7% 44,993
May 2020 13.3% 9.4% 62,692
April 2020 14.8% 10.4% 68,803
March 2020 4.4% 3.0% 21,047
February 2020 3.5% 3.2% 22,036