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Bangor, Maine Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bangor rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Maine rate. The unemployment rate in Bangor peaked in February 2010 at 7.9% and is now 4.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.1 percentage points. You can also compare Bangor unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Maine 3.4% +0.1 +0.2
Bangor 3.7% +0.1 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 March 2010 at 5,615. There are now 2,971 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,807 in March 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 837. Bangor employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bangor, Maine) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Bangor 2,644 +135 +295

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bangor, Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Bangor
Unemployment Rate
Bangor
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.4% 3.7% 2,644
September
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.6% 2,509
August
2018
3.9% 3.2% 3.6% 2,547
July
2018
3.9% 3.0% 3.8% 2,719
June
2018
4.0% 2.9% 3.3% 2,358
May
2018
3.8% 2.8% 3.1% 2,169
April
2018
3.9% 2.7% 2.9% 2,020
March
2018
4.1% 2.7% 2.6% 1,807
February
2018
4.1% 2.9% 2.6% 1,852
January
2018
4.1% 3.0% 2.7% 1,898
December
2017
4.1% 3.1% 2.9% 2,031

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.