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Lewiston-Auburn, Maine Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lewiston rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.6%. 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 8.8% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.3 percentage points. You can also compare Lewiston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Maine 3.4% +0.1 +0.2
Lewiston 3.6% +0.1 +0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 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 5,033. There are now 3,014 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,283 in February 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 736. Lewiston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lewiston, Maine) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Lewiston 2,019 +63 +275

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lewiston, Maine Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maine
Unemployment Rate
Lewiston
Unemployment Rate
Lewiston
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.4% 3.6% 2,019
September
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.5% 1,956
August
2018
3.9% 3.2% 3.4% 1,930
July
2018
3.9% 3.0% 3.3% 1,883
June
2018
4.0% 2.9% 3.1% 1,782
May
2018
3.8% 2.8% 2.9% 1,620
April
2018
3.9% 2.7% 2.7% 1,496
March
2018
4.1% 2.7% 2.3% 1,289
February
2018
4.1% 2.9% 2.3% 1,283
January
2018
4.1% 3.0% 2.5% 1,381
December
2017
4.1% 3.1% 2.7% 1,481

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.