Department of Numbers

Maine Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Maine fell 3.0 percentage points in August 2020 to 6.9%. The state unemployment rate was 1.5 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 3.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.7% in June 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Maine unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 8.4% -1.8 +4.7
Maine 6.9% -3.0 +4.0

Unemployment Rate: Maine, National

Maine monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 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 21,928 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 44,993 in June 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,882. Maine job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Maine 46,875 -21,860 +26,776

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployed
August 2020 8.4% 6.9% 46,875
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 14.7% 10.4% 68,803
March 2020 4.4% 3.0% 21,047
February 2020 3.5% 3.2% 22,036
January 2020 3.6% 3.1% 21,208
December 2019 3.5% 3.0% 20,638
November 2019 3.5% 3.0% 20,631
October 2019 3.6% 3.0% 20,526
September 2019 3.5% 2.9% 20,299