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The unemployment rates in Maine have decreased over the past few years. The current unemployment rate is 6.2 percent as of January 2014.
The national unemployment rate is 6.7 percent.
The national unemployment rate decreased by three-tenths from November to 6.7 percent in December of 2013.
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Here is an example of the fluctuation of unemployment rates when compared nationally and in Maine:
Maine Unemployment Rates:
January 2013: 7.0 percent
December 2013: 6.4 percent
January 2014: 6.2 percent
National Unemployment Rates:
January 2013: 7.9 percent
December 2013: 6.7 percent
January 2014: 6.7 percent
The unemployment rates in Maine and on a national scale have been decreasing. Nonfarm employment has increased with 605,500 people employed on a seasonally adjusted scale in January 2014. One year ago 599,000 were employed on nonfarm jobs on a seasonally adjusted scale.
Here, one can see the counties with the lowest unemployment rates in Maine:
Knox City: 6.8 percent
York City: 6.7 percent
Kennebec City: 6.4 percent
Androscoggin City: 6.1 percent
Cumberland City: 5.0 percent
All of these counties have low unemployment rates, but the county with the lowest unemployment rate this year is Cumberland City at 5.0 percent.
For more information on unemployment rates and where to find more statistical information, please refer to this site: http://www.maine.gov/.
*Sources for this information can be found at The Maine Department of Labor Center for Workforce Research and information.
If you have any questions, contact The Bureau of Labor Statistics, by visiting: http://www.bls.gov/.
You can also contact the United States Department of Labor at 1-866-4-USA-DOL (1-866-487-2365), available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (EST).
To contact the Maine Department of Labor:
Augusta, ME 04333-0118
TTY: Maine Relay 711
*All data is derived from the Local Area unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program.