Maine added 2,000 jobs in January as virus surge rolled back

Maine saw higher job creation in January, but that has done little to offset tremendous job losses that continue to linger a year after the coronavirus pandemic began.

The Maine Department of Labor reported Monday that the state added 2,000 jobs in January.

The bulk of those jobs — 1,200 — were in state government as the University of Maine System brought back workers laid off after students left their campuses for Thanksgiving and finished the semester remotely. Another 600 jobs were created in the leisure and hospitality sector, mostly to accommodate winter recreation. In remaining sectors, gains were very small, the department said.