Maine Unemployment Remains At Historically Low Levels

Maine unemployment dips to 3.5% in October

The October rate also remained well below the US rate, which dipped slightly to 4.1 percent for the month. The September estimate was revised to a gain of 10,300 jobs.

The Maine Department of Labor says the preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.5 percent in October was down 0.2 percentage points from September.

The brightest spot in Friday's report was in the five-county Wichita metropolitan area, where the local jobless rate fell to 3.4 percent, the lowest level recorded there since April 2001.

"In October, 3,383 additional Kansans became employed", said Kansas Secretary of Labor, Lana Gordon.

At the same time, the size of the state's labor force has continued to hover right around 1.4 million people for most of the past year.

The largest private-sector percentage job gains over the year were in other services; construction; professional, scientific, and business services; financial activities; and education and health services.

It is the 25th consecutive month the state's jobless rate has been at or below 4.0 percent, according to a release from the Maine Department of Labor.

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