Maine’s economy grew a lackluster 0.6 percent during the second quarter this year, lagging behind much of the nation and the region during the April-June period.

The federal Bureau of Economic Analysis said Wednesday that the U.S. economy as a whole grew 1.2 percent during the quarter. New England’s regional economy expanded at a 1.5 percent rate during the period.

Maine’s growth in gross domestic product, a measure of the output of all goods and services in the state, was 35th among the states nationally and exceed only Rhode Island – up 0.2 percent – in the six-state New England region during the quarter.

The BEA said the state’s economic output was led by the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting and the health care and social assistance sectors, both of which contributed 0.4 percentage points to Maine’s economic growth during the quarter.

Major drags on the economy were construction, which accounted for a 0.68 percentage point decline in economic output, and the retail trade, which accounted for a drop of 0.29 percentage points in the GDP.

The second quarter’s performance was in contrast to the first quarter, when a milder-than-usual winter helped propel Maine’s economy in the first three months of the year. Then, Maine’s 2.3 percent growth was enough to put it into the nation’s top 10 in economic performance.

Overall, the Maine economy grew from $58.7 billion during the first three months of 2016 to $59.1 billion during the second quarter.

Nationally, Nebraska posted the biggest increase in GDP, growing by 4.3 percent, while North Dakota had the biggest decline of 5.6 percent.


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.