After important issues in the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Maine’s total employment scenario has improved — and even surpassed January employment charges — in accordance with the newest information from Monitor the Restoration.
Monitor the Restoration’s numbers, nonetheless, usually are not seasonally adjusted to replicate the upper employment charges in Maine throughout summer time months. General employment in August nonetheless was considerably decrease than the identical time final 12 months, in accordance with the state Division of Labor.
Most of that deficit comes from the state’s lowest-paying jobs, which haven’t rebounded like high-wage and middle-wage jobs in Maine.
The state’s employment rebound is buoyed by development within the high-wage class, which is up 11.4 % in comparison with January, and the middle-wage class, which is up 11.5 % over pre-pandemic numbers.
Low-wage jobs within the state — many related to the restaurant and hospitality industries — haven’t rebounded but and are nonetheless 8.1 % beneath pre-pandemic ranges.
Maine’s employment rebound runs counter to what’s being felt throughout the nation. Employment stays down in all three wage teams nationally:
Excessive-wage jobs (over $60,000 yearly) are 1.6 % beneath pre-pandemic ranges.
Center-wage jobs ($27,000-$60,000) are down 5.3 % since January.
And, low-wage jobs (lower than $27,000) are down 16.1 %.