Unemployment rate in Maine
Why This Indicator Matters
Why it is important:
Work is often the route to financial independence for families in poverty. Even though a minimum wage job is not enough to lift a family out of poverty, in most circumstances, families have more income if they work than if they do not.
What the data shows this year:
In Maine, the unemployment rate fell from 8.1 in 2009 and 2010 to 3.0 in 2019.
The annual unemployment rate of 2019 was below the national average of 3.7%.
National Annual Average Unemployment Rate
Five counties in Maine including Sagadahoc, York, Cumberland, Kennebec and Knox Counties had unemployment rates in 2019 below 3%. By contrast, Aroostook, Somerset and Washington Counties had rates of 4.5% to 4.6% in 2019.
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Definitions: Unemployment is the estimated annual monthly average number and percent of people in the civilian labor force who are unemployed and looking for work. The numerator is the average number of people unemployed and looking for work and the denominator is the average number of people in the civilian labor force who are either working or looking for work.
Maine Department of Labor Annual Average
Unemployment Annual County Average
In 2020, prior years 2017& 2018 were adjusted to reflect minor revisions made by the Department of Labor.
Updated March 2020
Maine Children's Alliance
- Maine Children's Alliance
- Maine KIDS COUNT Project
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Helen Hemminger, Research and KIDS COUNT Associate
The Maine Children's Alliance advocates for sound public policies and promotes best practices to improve the lives of all Maine's children, youth and families.