Department of Numbers

Maine Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Maine rose 0.1 percentage points in December 2019 to 2.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 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 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in October 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Maine unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% 0.0 -0.4
Maine 2.9% +0.1 -0.6

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 2019

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Maine Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Maine peaked in June 2009 at 57,483. There are now 37,737 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 19,446 in November 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 300. Maine job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Maine 19,746 +300 -4,681

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Maine from 1990 to December 2019

Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployed
January 2020 3.6%
December 2019 3.5% 2.9% 19,746
November 2019 3.5% 2.8% 19,446
October 2019 3.6% 2.8% 19,526
September 2019 3.5% 2.9% 19,697
August 2019 3.7% 2.9% 20,114
July 2019 3.7% 3.0% 20,923
June 2019 3.7% 3.2% 22,041
May 2019 3.6% 3.3% 22,759
April 2019 3.6% 3.3% 23,094
March 2019 3.8% 3.4% 23,563
February 2019 3.8% 3.5% 24,106