Department of Numbers

Maine Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Maine fell 0.2 percentage points in March 2018 to 2.7%. The state unemployment rate was 1.4 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 5.6 percentage points lower. You can also see Maine unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.4
Maine 2.7% -0.2 -0.6

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

Unemployment Rate: Maine, National

Maine monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 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 38,360 fewer people unemployed in the state. Maine job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Maine 19,123 -886 -3,954

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployed
April 2018 3.9%
March 2018 4.1% 2.7% 19,123
February 2018 4.1% 2.9% 20,009
January 2018 4.1% 3.0% 21,008
December 2017 4.1% 3.1% 22,048
November 2017 4.1% 3.1% 22,033
October 2017 4.1% 3.2% 22,306
September 2017 4.2% 3.3% 23,052
August 2017 4.4% 3.4% 23,824
July 2017 4.3% 3.5% 24,315
June 2017 4.3% 3.5% 24,322
May 2017 4.3% 3.4% 23,926