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Labor Force

The labor force is defined as the total of people employed and those who are unemployed and seeking employment.

While growing in the long term, Maine’s total labor force actually contracts from time to time as people stop seeking employment. The recent rate of increase may be slowing as the population ages and in-migration of younger workers is insufficient to replace retirees.

More Economic Data

Chart of Maine Labor Force

Year Total Employed Unemployed
1976 476,265 435,744 40,521
1977 481,709 441,823 39,886
1978 487,418 456,381 31,036
1979 500,374 467,466 32,908
1980 506,228 468,554 37,674
1981 512,622 476,094 36,528
1982 520,558 477,465 43,093
1983 532,810 490,350 42,460
1984 549,268 516,300 32,968
1985 554,686 523,928 30,758
1986 565,082 535,662 29,420
1987 582,397 557,257 25,140
1988 593,210 571,534 21,677
1989 608,649 584,292 24,357
1990 631,147 597,902 33,245
1991 638,869 590,604 48,266
1992 639,622 594,082 45,540
1993 631,404 589,800 41,604
1994 629,670 589,073 40,598
1995 638,694 601,565 37,130
1996 651,670 617,479 34,190
1997 658,153 624,410 33,743
1998 657,415 627,920 29,495
1999 667,673 641,351 26,322
2000 672,440 650,385 22,055
2001 675,981 650,699 25,282
2002 680,569 650,943 29,626
2003 684,689 650,458 34,231
2004 685,534 653,847 31,687
2005 692,327 658,507 33,820
2006 698,527 665,856 32,671
2007 699,206 666,305 32,901
2008 702,862 665,057 37,805
2009 698,401 641,189 57,212
2010 697,251 641,978 55,273



Source: Maine Department of Labor, Center for Workforce Research and Information, Labor Force Estimates and Charts, 1976-2011 (Excel), at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/laus.html (accessed August 22, 2011)

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