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Lewiston-Auburn, Maine Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lewiston fell 0.0 percentage points in April 2019 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Maine rate. The unemployment rate in Lewiston peaked in April 2009 at 8.7% and is now 5.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Lewiston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.2 -0.3
Maine 3.3% -0.1 0.0
Lewiston 3.2% 0.0 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2019 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 5,036. There are now 3,274 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,635 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 127. Lewiston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lewiston, Maine) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Lewiston 1,762 -34 +44

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lewiston, Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Lewiston
Unemployment Rate
Lewiston
Unemployed
May
2019
3.6%
April
2019
3.6% 3.3% 3.2% 1,762
March
2019
3.8% 3.4% 3.2% 1,796
February
2019
3.8% 3.5% 3.3% 1,842
January
2019
4.0% 3.5% 3.4% 1,906
December
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.4% 1,915
November
2018
3.7% 3.5% 3.4% 1,919
October
2018
3.8% 3.5% 3.4% 1,925
September
2018
3.7% 3.5% 3.4% 1,920
August
2018
3.8% 3.5% 3.4% 1,905
July
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.4% 1,875
June
2018
4.0% 3.4% 3.3% 1,829

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.