Department of Numbers

Maine Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Maine fell 0.1 percentage points in November 2021 to 4.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Maine peaked in April 2020 at 9.1% and is now 4.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.8% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Maine unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Maine 4.8% -0.1 -0.1

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

Unemployment Rate: Maine, National

Maine monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Maine Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Maine peaked in February 2010 at 60,876. There are now 27,955 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 18,015 in May 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 14,906. Maine job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Maine 32,921 -136 +172

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Maine from 1990 to November 2021

Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployed
December 2021 3.9%
November 2021 4.2% 4.8% 32,921
October 2021 4.6% 4.9% 33,057
September 2021 4.7% 4.8% 32,945
August 2021 5.2% 4.9% 33,226
July 2021 5.4% 4.9% 33,172
June 2021 5.9% 4.8% 32,471
May 2021 5.8% 4.8% 32,422
April 2021 6.0% 4.8% 32,510
March 2021 6.0% 4.8% 32,591
February 2021 6.2% 4.8% 32,398
January 2021 6.4% 5.2% 35,047