MAINE’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HIGHER THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE AND SIGNIFICANTLY WORSE THAN ANY OTHER NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND STATE

Janet Mills and one-party rule causing Maine to struggle

AUGUSTA, ME – Today’s unemployment rate numbers continue to paint a troubling picture for Maine.

Maine’s unemployment rate of 4.7% is higher than the national average of 3.9% and significantly worse than any of our neighbors. New Hampshire’s rate is 2.6%, Vermont’s is 2.5%, and further south Massachusetts’ rate is 3.9%. While other states unemployment rates seem to mirror some from the past, for instance at the end of 2018, Maine’s rate is significantly higher and higher than it was then.

This means Maine’s unemployment rate is 80% worse than New Hampshire’s, our immediate neighbor.

“When I was Governor, I helped lower Maine’s unemployment rate down from approximately 8% to 3%. My policies helped create thousands of jobs,” said LePage.

“At no time during my term was Maine’s unemployment rate higher than the national average. Since last September, under Janet Mills, Maine’s unemployment rate has been worse than the national average. It is time for change to move Maine forward,” said former Governor Paul LePage.

Recently Governor Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, Maine’s neighbor, observed the change which has taken place in Maine.

In a live appearance on the WGAN Morning News program, Governor Sununu said, “I am not going to tell you anything most people in Maine don’t know. A few years ago Maine was on an all time high. Things were good. Governor LePage had put a lot of things in to help small businesses and families. This last few years has been a little bit tougher in Maine, for a variety of reasons. When you have times right now where the federal government isn’t controlling inflation, costs are rising, supply chain is going crazy; you need strong, local, state leadership which can basically counteract some of that stuff. Governor LePage has that experience.”

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