Nonfarm Payroll Job Estimates

Nonfarm payroll jobs, as well as average hours and earnings estimates, come from the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program. The primary purpose of CES is to provide as close to a real-time look at the number of nonfarm payroll jobs in each industry sector as possible. Users should be aware that these estimates have a high degree of variability from month to month and are subject to potentially large revisions in either direction. Because of this we caution against basing conclusions exclusively on the change from one month to any other single month about the overall direction or rate of change in jobs. Users should look at the general trend over numerous months to evaluate the direction and rate of job change. Additional information on the size of the CES sample, estimate revisions, seasonal adjustment factors, and other details are available here.

Additional information on Maine's current employment situation can be found on our monthly news release.


Nonfarm wage and salary employment estimates are subject to revision the month after they are published and at the end of the year.

Total Non-Farm Jobs, in thousands (seasonally adjusted)
December 2023
November 2023
December 2022
Net Change
Percent Change
Over the Month
Over the Year
Over the Month
Over the Year

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Maine 656.4 655.3 646.9 1.1 9.5 0.2% 1.5%
U.S. 157,232 157,016 154,535 216 2,697 0.1% 1.7%
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Contact Information

Maine Department of Labor
Center for Workforce Research & Information
118 SHS
Augusta, ME 04333-0118

Phone: (207) 623-7900
TTY: Maine Relay 711
Fax: (207) 287-2947