Maine unemployment rate stays at 7 percent, under national average

The Associated Press
Posted March 13, 2012, at 11:37 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Labor Department says January’s unemployment rate was 7 percent, the same rate as December.

Commissioner Robert Winglass said Tuesday the preliminary, seasonally adjusted rate was down 1 percentage point from January 2011.

For the month, 49,500 Mainers were unemployed, compared to 56,000 who were jobless a year earlier. Cumberland County had the lowest jobless rate, while Washington County had the highest.

Unemployment rates across New England range from 5 percent in Vermont to 10.9 percent in Rhode Island, with the regional average coming in at 7.2 percent. The national jobless rate in January was 8.3 percent. printed on July 20, 2017