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Lewiston-Auburn, Maine Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lewiston fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Maine rate. The unemployment rate in Lewiston peaked in May 2009 at 8.7% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Lewiston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Maine 3.3% -0.2 -0.5
Lewiston 3.0% -0.2 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Lewiston, Maine, National

Lewiston, Maine monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Lewiston, Maine Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Lewiston peaked in May 2009 at 5,033. There are now 3,345 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,465 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 223. Lewiston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lewiston, Maine) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Lewiston 1,688 -164 -304

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lewiston, Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Lewiston
Unemployment Rate
Lewiston
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.3% 3.0% 1,688
October
2017
4.1% 3.5% 3.2% 1,852
September
2017
4.2% 3.7% 3.4% 1,933
August
2017
4.4% 3.8% 3.5% 2,001
July
2017
4.3% 3.7% 3.4% 1,964
June
2017
4.3% 3.5% 3.5% 2,010
May
2017
4.3% 3.2% 3.2% 1,813
April
2017
4.4% 3.0% 2.8% 1,588
March
2017
4.5% 3.0% 2.6% 1,465
February
2017
4.7% 3.2% 2.7% 1,538
January
2017
4.8% 3.5% 3.0% 1,683

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.