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Lewiston-Auburn, Maine Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lewiston rose 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 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 January 2010 at 9.2% and is now 6.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in May 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Lewiston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Maine 3.3% +0.2 -1.2
Lewiston 3.2% +0.1 -1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 3,513 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 297. Lewiston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lewiston, Maine) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Lewiston 1,728 +70 -889

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lewiston, Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Lewiston
Unemployment Rate
Lewiston
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 3.3% 3.2% 1,728
August
2022
3.7% 3.1% 3.1% 1,658
July
2022
3.5% 2.8% 3.0% 1,647
June
2022
3.6% 3.0% 3.2% 1,720
May
2022
3.6% 3.2% 3.3% 1,797
April
2022
3.6% 3.3% 3.5% 1,909
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

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.