Department of Numbers

Maine Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Maine fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2019 to 2.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 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 5.5 percentage points lower. You can also see Maine unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.2
Maine 2.8% -0.1 -0.7

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

Unemployment Rate: Maine, National

Maine monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 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 37,959 fewer people unemployed in the state. Maine job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Maine 19,524 -173 -4,937

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployed
November 2019 3.5%
October 2019 3.6% 2.8% 19,524
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
January 2019 4.0% 3.5% 24,562
December 2018 3.9% 3.5% 24,427