Department of Numbers

Maine Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Maine fell 1.1 percentage points in May 2020 to 9.3%. The state unemployment rate was 4.0 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 1.1 percentage points lower. You can also see Maine unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Maine 9.3% -1.1 +6.3

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

Unemployment Rate: Maine, National

Maine monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 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 6,700 fewer people unemployed in the state. Maine job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Maine 62,103 -6,700 +41,431

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployed
June 2020 11.1%
May 2020 13.3% 9.3% 62,103
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
August 2019 3.7% 2.9% 20,099
July 2019 3.7% 2.9% 20,063