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Lewiston-Auburn, Maine Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lewiston fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2018 to 2.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Maine rate. The unemployment rate in Lewiston peaked in May 2009 at 8.7% and is now 6.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lewiston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Maine 2.9% -0.1 -0.4
Lewiston 2.3% -0.2 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 data as March 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 5,033. There are now 3,737 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lewiston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lewiston, Maine) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Lewiston 1,296 -77 -242

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lewiston, Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Lewiston
Unemployment Rate
Lewiston
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 2.9% 2.3% 1,296
January
2018
4.1% 3.0% 2.5% 1,373
December
2017
4.1% 3.1% 2.5% 1,408
November
2017
4.1% 3.1% 3.0% 1,680
October
2017
4.1% 3.2% 3.2% 1,852
September
2017
4.2% 3.3% 3.4% 1,933
August
2017
4.4% 3.4% 3.5% 2,001
July
2017
4.3% 3.5% 3.4% 1,964
June
2017
4.3% 3.5% 3.5% 2,010
May
2017
4.3% 3.4% 3.2% 1,813
April
2017
4.4% 3.3% 2.8% 1,588

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.