STATEWIDE — New claims for state unemployment insurance in Maine have dipped below 2,000 for the first time in months.
The Maine Department of Labor recorded about 1,700 initial claims for state unemployment insurance for the week that ended Feb. 27.
The number hadn’t been below 2,000 since November.
The unemployment rate for December, the most recent month for which statistics are available, was 5 percent.
That’s less than half what the rate was in April 2020, but nearly twice the December 2019 rate.