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Employment by Industry

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.

More Economic Data

Change in Employment Sectors 1990-2010

Industry Sector 1990 2000 2010 Change
1 Natural Resources and Mining 3,300 2,700 2,600 -21.2%
2 Construction 28,800 29,200 24,300 -15.6%
3 Manufacturing 93,000 79,500 50,900 -45.3%
4 Transportation & Public Utilities 18,800 19,200 16,800 -10.6%
5 Trade, Wholesale & Retail 93,500 103,400 100,100 7.1%
6 Information 10,200 12,100 9,100 -10.8%
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%
11 Services, Other 17,300 18,300 19,800 14.5%
12 Federal Government 19,200 14,300 15,600 -18.8%
13 State Government 26,100 26,700 24,700 -5.4%
14 Local Government 50,500 58,500 60,400 19.6%
Total Nonagricultural 535,000 603,200 590,000 10.3%



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)

Additional resources

Maine Department of Labor. Center for Workforce Research and Information. The Maine Labor Market 2010: Trends and Issues. Augusta, Me. September, 2010.




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