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Unemployment in Maine's three largest urban areas dropped in September

Maine's three urban areas saw declines in unemployment in September. The Bangor and Lewiston-Auburn saw their unemployment rates fall by more than half a percent. Bangor went down to 3.8% and Lewiston-Auburn to 4.4%, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Portland-South Portland saw just a four-tenths of a percent decline in the jobless rate, but that still left it with the lowest unemployment rate among the three metro areas: just 3.5%.

The September declines were part of a nationwide trend. The Federal Labor Bureau says only three of 386 metro areas failed to see unemployment declines in September.