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Lewiston-Auburn, Maine Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lewiston fell 0.3 percentage points in April 2022 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Maine rate. The unemployment rate in Lewiston peaked in January 2010 at 9.2% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in May 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.0 percentage points. You can also compare Lewiston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Maine 3.3% -0.3 -1.7
Lewiston 3.5% -0.3 -1.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 5,241. There are now 3,334 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,431 in May 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 476. Lewiston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lewiston, Maine) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Lewiston 1,907 -169 -854

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lewiston, Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Lewiston
Unemployment Rate
Lewiston
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 3.3% 3.5% 1,907
March
2022
3.6% 3.6% 3.8% 2,076
February
2022
3.8% 4.0% 4.0% 2,195
January
2022
4.0% 4.1% 4.3% 2,341
December
2021
3.9% 4.1% 4.5% 2,481
November
2021
4.2% 4.2% 4.5% 2,476
October
2021
4.6% 4.4% 4.6% 2,508
September
2021
4.7% 4.5% 4.8% 2,617
August
2021
5.2% 4.8% 5.0% 2,739
July
2021
5.4% 4.9% 5.2% 2,826
June
2021
5.9% 5.0% 5.2% 2,853

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.