Department of Numbers

Maine Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Maine fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2019 to 3.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 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 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in November 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Maine unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -0.2
Maine 3.3% 0.0 0.0

Unemployment Rate: Maine, National

Maine monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 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 34,724 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 22,145 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 614. Maine job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Maine 22,759 -335 -400

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployed
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
November 2018 3.7% 3.5% 24,458
October 2018 3.8% 3.5% 24,461
September 2018 3.7% 3.5% 24,335
August 2018 3.8% 3.5% 24,132
July 2018 3.9% 3.4% 23,856
June 2018 4.0% 3.4% 23,522