Department of Numbers

Maine Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Maine rose 0.2 percentage points in September 2022 to 3.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Maine peaked in May 2020 at 9.2% and is now 5.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in July 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also see Maine unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Maine 3.3% +0.2 -1.2

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

Unemployment Rate: Maine, National

Maine monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 2022

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Maine Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Maine peaked in May 2020 at 61,514. There are now 39,348 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 19,317 in July 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,849. Maine job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Maine 22,166 +1,074 -8,501

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Maine from 1990 to September 2022

Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployed
October 2022 3.7%
September 2022 3.5% 3.3% 22,166
August 2022 3.7% 3.1% 21,092
July 2022 3.5% 2.8% 19,317
June 2022 3.6% 3.0% 20,656
May 2022 3.6% 3.2% 21,523
April 2022 3.6% 3.3% 22,620
March 2022 3.6% 3.6% 24,763
February 2022 3.8% 4.0% 26,870
January 2022 4.0% 4.1% 28,181
December 2021 3.9% 4.1% 28,028
November 2021 4.2% 4.2% 28,644