Department of Numbers

Maine Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Maine fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2018 to 3.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 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 4.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in March 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also see Maine unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% +0.2 -0.2
Maine 3.4% 0.0 +0.3

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 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Maine Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Maine peaked in June 2009 at 57,483. There are now 33,466 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 19,162 in April 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,855. Maine job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Maine 24,017 +58 +1,969

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Maine from 1990 to December 2018

Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployed
January 2019 4.0%
December 2018 3.9% 3.4% 24,017
November 2018 3.7% 3.4% 23,959
October 2018 3.8% 3.4% 23,831
September 2018 3.7% 3.3% 23,189
August 2018 3.8% 3.2% 22,434
July 2018 3.9% 3.0% 21,496
June 2018 4.0% 2.9% 20,390
May 2018 3.8% 2.8% 19,551
April 2018 3.9% 2.7% 19,162
March 2018 4.0% 2.7% 19,187
February 2018 4.1% 2.9% 20,009