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Lewiston-Auburn, Maine Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lewiston fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2019 to 2.8%. 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 April 2009 at 8.7% and is now 5.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in September 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Lewiston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.2
Maine 2.8% -0.1 -0.7
Lewiston 2.8% 0.0 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2019 data as November 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 3,461 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,575 in September 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 0. Lewiston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lewiston, Maine) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Lewiston 1,575 0 -350

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lewiston, Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Lewiston
Unemployment Rate
Lewiston
Unemployed
November
2019
3.5%
October
2019
3.6% 2.8% 2.8% 1,575
September
2019
3.5% 2.9% 2.8% 1,575
August
2019
3.7% 2.9% 2.9% 1,590
July
2019
3.7% 3.0% 2.9% 1,631
June
2019
3.7% 3.2% 3.1% 1,703
May
2019
3.6% 3.3% 3.1% 1,748
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

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.