Maine’s unemployment rate fell slightly in October, to 3.5 percent. That’s down from 3.7 percent in September and 3.9 percent a year ago, state labor officials say.
Unemployment remains historically low in Maine, with the rate at or below 4 percent for 25 consecutive months, officials say. During 2017, the number of individuals unemployed in Maine has fallen by 2,200, to 25,000.
Unemployment also remains low in other states throughout the New England region, ranging from a low of 2.7 percent in New Hampshire to a high of 4.5 in Connecticut.
Nationally, the unemployment rate in October was 4.1 percent, down slightly from 4.2 in September and 4.8 percent a year ago.