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Bangor, Maine Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bangor fell 0.6 percentage points in May 2020 to 9.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Maine rate. The unemployment rate in Bangor peaked in April 2020 at 9.6% and is now 0.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Bangor unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Maine 9.4% -1.0 +6.4
Bangor 9.0% -0.6 +6.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 6,447. There are now 380 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Bangor employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bangor, Maine) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Bangor 6,067 -380 +3,997

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bangor, Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Bangor
Unemployment Rate
Bangor
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1% 6.6%
May
2020
13.3% 9.4% 9.0% 6,067
April
2020
14.7% 10.4% 9.6% 6,447
March
2020
4.4% 3.0% 2.7% 1,923
February
2020
3.5% 3.2% 3.1% 2,241
January
2020
3.6% 3.1% 3.0% 2,157
December
2019
3.5% 3.0% 3.0% 2,138
November
2019
3.5% 3.0% 2.9% 2,107
October
2019
3.6% 3.0% 2.9% 2,073
September
2019
3.5% 2.9% 2.9% 2,038
August
2019
3.7% 2.9% 2.8% 2,009
July
2019
3.7% 2.9% 2.8% 2,000

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.