Where unemployment rates are highest in Maine

The Franklin County town of Eustis and Aroostook County town of Bancroft have had the highest estimated unemployment rate in Maine in recent years, according to the latest local survey data from the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday.

While those two towns topped the list for having the highest levels of unemployment in the state, take any exact rankings of towns with a grain of salt.

The data come with sometimes sizable margins of error, especially for much smaller towns, muddying which towns exactly have the highest rates.

While the exact rates may be different, the data does show where unemployment has been most stubborn through the economic recovery.

Below are the towns where unemployment was estimated to be higher than the state average of 7.1 percent from 2010-2014, the period covered by the survey, making the generous assumption that the survey’s full margin of error is correct.

The latest data come from the American Community Survey’s 5-year data series, which reflects data collected over 60 months. That longer period gives enough accuracy to provide statistics at the local level and, accordingly, takes longer to issue.

The 5-year ACS data set covers a range of other social, economic and demographic trends at the local level. I’ll be snooping around at the Census Bureau’s FactFinder for other bits from the latest survey.

If so inclined, let me know what you find interesting there, too.

Darren Fishell

About Darren Fishell

Darren is a Portland-based reporter for the Bangor Daily News writing about the Maine economy and business. He's interested in putting economic data in context and finding the stories behind the numbers.