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AUGUSTA, Maine - Officials say Maine's unemployment rate ticked down to 5 percent last month.

The Maine Department of Labor said Friday that the state's jobless rate declined slightly from 5.2 percent in January and 5.9 percent a year ago. The number of residents who were unemployed was down by more than 7,000 over the year to 34,400 last month.

The national unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in February, down from 5.7 percent in January.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's jobless rate dipped slightly last month to 5.7 percent.

In October, the state's unemployment rate was 5.8 percent. The Maine Department of Labor said Friday that November's rate was down 0.7 percent from one year ago.

Officials say there were 40,200 people unemployed last month, down from 45,600 last year.

Maine's jobless rate remains slightly lower than the national rate of 5.8 percent. The average unemployment rate for New England is also at 5.8 percent.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine officials say that the state's unemployment rate held steady in October at 5.8 percent.

The rate is unchanged from September and is down a percentage point from a year ago.

The Maine Department of Labor said Friday that 40,800 people were unemployed, down 5,300 from last year.

The national unemployed rate was also 5.8 percent last month.

New England's average jobless rate was slightly higher at 5.9 percent. New Hampshire and Vermont are the only states in New England that had a lower unemployment rate than Maine did in October.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine officials say seasonally adjusted unemployment rose slightly in the state from August to September.

The state's Department of Labor reports preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rose from 5.6 percent in August to 5.8 percent in September. The figure is down one percentage point from a year ago. Officials say the number of unemployed declined by 6,000 over the course of the year to 40,700.

Labor officials say Maine's ratio of employment to population was 60.9 percent, which is 1.9 percentage points higher than the national average.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's unemployment rate ticked up slightly in August to 5.6 percent.

The Maine Department of Labor said Friday that the jobless rate was up from 5.5 from July, but remains one percentage point lower than it was a year ago.

The department says that 39,800 people were unemployed in August, down 7,400 from last year.

Maine's unemployment rate remains below the national average of 6.1 percent and the New England average of 5.9 percent.

Maine's unemployment rate held steady in July at 5.5 percent, the same rate recorded in June but significantly down from the 6.7 percent rate recorded a year ago.  State labor officials say the number of jobless Mainers fell 8,700 over the year, to 38,800.

State officials say it's the lowest unemployment rate in Maine since August of 2008. The state's jobless rate is also below the national average of 6.2 percent, which was little changed from 6.1 percent in June and down from 7.4 percent a year ago.

Even though Maine’s official unemployment rate is the lowest since the recession, there are still thousands of Mainers who are out of work. Many are so-called "discouraged" workers who are not reflected in the 5.5 percent unemployment rate. In fact, the rate would jump to 6.6 percent if they were factored in.

Maine's unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent in June, down from 5.7 percent in May and 6.7 percent a year ago, state Labor Department officials say.

Commissioner Jeanne Paquette says the number of jobless Mainers fell by 8,200 to 39,300 over the year.  She ways the estimated share of the population employed in June was 61.6, exceeding the U.S. average of 59 percent.

Paquette says Maine saw job growth across a number of sectors.

Nationally, the unemployment rate in June was 6.1 percent, and in the New England region, the average jobless rate was 5.7 percent.

The U.S. economy added 288,000 jobs in June, the strongest five-month showing since the late 1990s tech boom.

While that's good news, Maine 1st District Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat, says there are still a lot of Mainers that have been looking for work for a long time.

"In spite of the good numbers, I meet people every day who say I am looking, I am looking in my field, I am looking for a job that makes ends meet, and I just can't find it," Pingree says.

Maine's unemployment rate remained unchanged in May at 5.7 percent. That's according to state Labor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette, who says the figures indicate that over the past year, the number of jobless Mainers fell by 7,000, to 40,600.

Paquette says the state's share of the population that's employed - 61.6 percent - continues to beat the national average of 58.9 percent.

The state's unemployment rate also beat the national average for May of 6.3 percent. 

A closer look at job growth and unemployment numbers paint a mixed picture of Maine's economic recovery from the great recession. 

That's according to a new report from the progressive Maine Center for Economic Policy, which indicates that, despite improvement in the statewide unemployment rate and growth in the number of Mainers with jobs, Maine's recovery is far from complete and is uneven based on age and geography. 

MECEP Executive Director Garrett Martin is one of the report's authors.

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