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Unemployment up slightly in two of Maine's cities

Micky Bedell
Bangor Daily News

The unemployment rate held steady in Portland-South Portland, but rose in the other two urban areas tracked by the federal government.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is reporting joblessness in Bangor and Lewiston climbed to 3.3% in December, up from 3.1% in November.

The Portland-South Portland jobless rate held steady at 2.8%.

Unemployment remains low by historic standards in all three urban areas and Maine's overall labor market remains very tight.