Maine Unemployment Rate 4.6 Percent in July Bookmark and Share

August 21, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 21, 2015
Contact: Glenn Mills 207-621-5192

State Labor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette released July workforce estimates for Maine.

Seasonally Adjusted Statewide Data

Household Survey Estimates – The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 4.6 percent for July was little changed from 4.7 percent in June and down from 5.7 percent one year ago. The number of unemployed declined 7,500 over the year to 32,000.

The employment to population ratio estimate of 60.4 percent remained above the U.S. average (59.3 percent) for the 94th consecutive month.

The U.S. preliminary unemployment rate of 5.3 percent was unchanged from June and down from 6.2 percent one year ago. The New England unemployment rate averaged 4.7 percent. Rates for other states were 3.7 percent in New Hampshire, 3.6 percent in Vermont, 4.7 percent in Massachusetts, 5.8 percent in Rhode Island, and 5.4 percent in Connecticut.

Labor force and unemployment data is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/laus1.html .

Payroll Survey Estimates– The preliminary nonfarm payroll jobs estimate for June of 609,700 was up 4,400 from one year ago. The estimate for private sector jobs was up 4,800 and government was down 400. The largest job gains were in the professional and business services, finance, and healthcare sectors.

Nonfarm payroll jobs data is available athttp://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/ces1.html .

Not Seasonally Adjusted Substate Data

The not seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate estimate of 4.0 percent in July was down from 5.3 percent one year ago. Not seasonally adjusted rates were down in all 16 counties, with the largest declines in Washington (-2.0 points) and Franklin (-1.9 points) counties. Rates ranged from 3.2 percent in Cumberland and Sagadahoc counties to 6.0 percent in Somerset County.

Among metro areas the unemployment rate was below the statewide average in Portland-South Portland (3.2 percent) and Lewiston-Auburn (3.9 percent) and close to the statewide average in Bangor (4.1 percent).

This release is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/news/release.html .

August workforce estimates will be released Friday, September 18. Data Release Schedule: http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/releaseDates.html .

Notes

  1. Preliminary labor force estimates, including unemployment and employment to population ratios for Maine, tend to move in a direction for several months and then reverse course. Those directional trends are largely driven by a smoothing procedure and may not indicate a change in underlying workforce conditions. Annual revisions (to be published in March 2016) will moderate or eliminate those directional patterns.

  2. Nonfarm payroll jobs estimates tend to be volatile from month to month because there is variability in the sample of reporting employers and their representativeness for the universe of all employers. Additionally, seasonal adjustment is imperfect because weather, the beginning and ending of school semesters and holidays, and other events do not always occur with the same timing, which can exacerbate monthly volatility. Users should look to the trend over multiple months rather than the change from one specific month to another. Estimates for the period from October 2014 to September 2015 will be replaced with actual payroll data in March 2016. Those benchmark revisions are likely to show less volatility than preliminary estimates.

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