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Lewiston-Auburn, Maine Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lewiston fell 0.6 percentage points in November 2020 to 5.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Maine rate. The unemployment rate in Lewiston peaked in July 2020 at 10.3% and is now 5.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lewiston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Maine 5.0% -0.4 +2.0
Lewiston 5.0% -0.6 +2.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 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 July 2020 at 5,943. There are now 3,189 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lewiston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lewiston, Maine) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Lewiston 2,754 -305 +1,096

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lewiston, Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Lewiston
Unemployment Rate
Lewiston
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 5.0% 5.0% 2,754
October
2020
6.9% 5.4% 5.6% 3,059
September
2020
7.8% 6.1% 6.4% 3,567
August
2020
8.4% 7.0% 7.2% 4,015
July
2020
10.2% 9.9% 10.3% 5,943
June
2020
11.1% 6.7% 6.9% 3,761
May
2020
13.3% 9.4% 9.4% 5,086
April
2020
14.8% 10.4% 10.1% 5,346
March
2020
4.4% 3.0% 2.5% 1,396
February
2020
3.5% 3.2% 3.0% 1,683
January
2020
3.5% 3.1% 3.0% 1,662

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.