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Bangor, Maine Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bangor rose 0.2 percentage points in July 2021 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Maine rate. The unemployment rate in Bangor peaked in April 2020 at 8.9% and is now 4.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in February 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.1 percentage points. You can also compare Bangor unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Maine 4.9% +0.1 -3.9
Bangor 4.8% +0.2 -3.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Bangor, Maine, National

Bangor, Maine monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Bangor, Maine Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Bangor peaked in April 2020 at 5,927. There are now 2,676 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,513 in February 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 738. Bangor employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bangor, Maine) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Bangor 3,251 +111 -2,202

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bangor, Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Bangor
Unemployment Rate
Bangor
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.9% 4.8% 3,251
June
2021
5.9% 4.8% 4.6% 3,140
May
2021
5.8% 4.8% 4.4% 2,987
April
2021
6.1% 4.8% 4.2% 2,840
March
2021
6.0% 4.8% 3.9% 2,650
February
2021
6.2% 4.8% 3.7% 2,513
January
2021
6.3% 5.2% 4.7% 3,199
December
2020
6.7% 5.0% 4.5% 3,092
November
2020
6.7% 4.9% 4.5% 3,066
October
2020
6.9% 4.8% 4.4% 3,019
September
2020
7.8% 4.9% 4.4% 3,008

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.