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Lewiston-Auburn, Maine Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lewiston fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2021 to 5.1%. 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 4.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in January 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 2.6 percentage points. You can also compare Lewiston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Maine 4.9% +0.1 -3.9
Lewiston 5.1% 0.0 -3.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 2,380 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,404 in January 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,457. Lewiston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lewiston, Maine) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Lewiston 2,861 +110 -2,261

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lewiston, Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Lewiston
Unemployment Rate
Lewiston
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.9% 5.1% 2,861
June
2021
5.9% 4.8% 5.1% 2,751
May
2021
5.8% 4.8% 4.9% 2,648
April
2021
6.1% 4.8% 4.7% 2,540
March
2021
6.0% 4.8% 4.5% 2,421
February
2021
6.2% 4.8% 4.3% 2,323
January
2021
6.3% 5.2% 4.9% 2,670
December
2020
6.7% 5.0% 4.7% 2,578
November
2020
6.7% 4.9% 4.8% 2,619
October
2020
6.9% 4.8% 4.9% 2,652
September
2020
7.8% 4.9% 4.9% 2,658

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.