In 1990 Trade (17.5%) and Manufacturing (17.4%) constituted the largest employment sectors in the Maine economy. By 2010, Manufacturing had faded to 8.6%, and the top two employment sectors were Trade (17%) and Education and Health Services (20.2%). During the two decades, Manufacturing (No. 3 on the chart) had lost over 45% of its employees, while Education and Health Services (No. 9) had gained over 79%.
Overall, services, including government, added 25% more employees than in 1990; but non-services sectors lost nearly 38%. The number of state and federal government employees declined, while local governments added nearly 20% to their payrolls.
|1||Natural Resources and Mining||3,300||2,700||2,600||-21.2%|
|4||Transportation & Public Utilities||18,800||19,200||16,800||-10.6%|
|5||Trade, Wholesale & Retail||93,500||103,400||100,100||7.1%|
|7||Finance, Insurance, Real Estate||26,500||34,100||31,300||18.1%|
|8||Services, Professional & Business||33,600||51,800||55,600||65.5%|
|9||Services, Education & Health||66,400||97,500||119,000||79.2%|
|10||Services, Leisure & Hospitality||47,800||55,900||59,800||25.1%|
Source: Maine Department of Labor. Center for Workforce Research and Information. Nonfarm Wage and Salary Employment by Industry. http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/ces.html (accessed August 22, 2011)
Maine Department of Labor. Center for Workforce Research and Information. The Maine Labor Market 2010: Trends and Issues. Augusta, Me. September, 2010.