Unemployment Down Slightly in ME in October

Maine unemployment dips to 3.5% in October

Good news for the Sunflower State - the unemployment rate is the lowest its been since 2000. Over the month, the private sector added 4,100 jobs as gains occurred in leisure and hospitality; professional, scientific, and business services; other services; financial activities; manufacturing; construction; and information. Both of those represent changes of less than 0.5 percent.

Maine's unemployment rate fell slightly in October.

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Emilie Doerksen, a labor market economist for the department, said the retail trade sector did not add as many seasonal jobs in October as expected, mirroring a national trend as more and more consumers do their holiday shopping online.

The rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.7 percent last month.

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Nonfarm employment in Nebraska last month totaled 1,035,730, up 10,379 so far this year.

Nationally, the unemployment rate in October was 4.1 percent, down slightly from 4.2 in September and 4.8 percent a year ago.

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Government employment, at 772,600, increased by 3,300 positions. Only Hawaii, at 2.2 percent, and North Dakota, at 2.5 percent, had lower rates.

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