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Bangor, Maine Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bangor fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.4%. 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 February 2010 at 7.9% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Bangor unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Maine 3.5% 0.0 +0.3
Bangor 3.4% -0.2 +0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 3,238 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 570. Bangor employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bangor, Maine) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Bangor 2,377 -202 +525

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bangor, Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Bangor
Unemployment Rate
Bangor
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.4%
February
2019
3.8% 3.5% 3.4% 2,377
January
2019
4.0% 3.5% 3.6% 2,579
December
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.5% 2,475
November
2018
3.7% 3.5% 3.6% 2,502
October
2018
3.8% 3.5% 3.7% 2,644
September
2018
3.7% 3.5% 3.6% 2,509
August
2018
3.8% 3.5% 3.6% 2,547
July
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.8% 2,719
June
2018
4.0% 3.4% 3.3% 2,358
May
2018
3.8% 3.3% 3.1% 2,169
April
2018
3.9% 3.3% 2.9% 2,020

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.