Maine unemployment dips to 6.1%; state passes 6,000 cases

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Unemployment in Maine has dipped close to 6% as the state's economy continues to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, the state's governor said.

Maine unemployment fell from 7% in August to 6.1% in September, Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said. The number of unemployed people in the state decreased by 5,900, the Maine Department of Labor said.

The state's unemployment rate was 10.6% in April and it has gradually recovered since. Mills said the recovery is a sign that the economy is “gradually rebounding” in Maine. She said it's important for residents to continue following safety protocols.

“We're not going to surrender to this virus,” Mills said.

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THE NUMBERS

Another 50 coronavirus cases have been reported in the state, pushing the total count past 6,000, the Maine CDC reported Wednesday.

The new cases bring the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 6,027, while the number of deaths remained at 146, officials said. The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Maine was about 33, which was about one more than it was a week ago.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.