Feds: Unemployment Rates Remain Low In Maine Urban Areas

May 30, 2018

There was little change last month in the labor markets of Maine’s largest urban areas.  The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded a .1 percent decline in joblessness in each of the three regions:  Bangor, Lewiston-Auburn, and Portland-South Portland.  

The unemployment rate in Bangor now stands at 3 percent, Lewiston-Auburn at 2.8 percent and Portland-South Portland 2.4 percent.  The statewide unemployment rate in April was 3.1 percent.

There are bigger declines in joblessness if you look back a year.  In April of 2017 Portland-South Portland’s unemployment rate was 2.7 percent, or .3 percent higher.  Lewiston-Auburn had an unemployment rate of 3.2 percent (compared to 2.8 percent now) and Bangor’s unemployment rate is down a half-percent in the last year, from 3.5 percent to 3 percent.

In neighboring New Hampshire, the jobless rate fell slightly from March to April in Manchester, Dover-Durham, and Portsmouth.  All three metro areas had unemployment rates below 3 percent.

The nation as a whole continues to do well economically.  The bureau reports that in April unemployment went down in 305 metro areas and rose only in 63.  Also, Portland-South Portland, Lewiston-Auburn, and the three New Hampshire metro areas were among 88 around the country with jobless rates below 3 percent in April.