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Maine's unemployment rate rose slightly in December, but continued a long stretch at very low levels.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine labor officials say the unemployment rate in the state remained low in November, and dipped by nearly a percentage point over the course of the year.

The July unemployment rate in the Portland-South Portland metro area dipped nearly half a percentage point, to 1.9%, the lowest jobless rate in years in any of Maine's three metro areas. That's according to preliminary figures from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, which also found low unemployment rates in the state's two other urban areas.

Unemployment rates fell during the spring in Maine's three major urban areas. That's according to figures out today from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Unemployment in most of Maine stayed steady last month, at 3.5 percent. New numbers from the state's Department of Labor say Maine has also gained about 3,000 non-farm jobs in the last year, mostly in retail and manufacturing, and lost the most jobs in mining, logging, and construction. 

Unemployment in the Bangor area dipped slightly in March, while the jobless rates in Maine's two other metropolitan areas held steady.

That's according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The agency reports that Bangor's jobless rate went from 4 percent in February to 3.8 percent in March.  

The unemployment rates for Maine's other two metro areas were unchanged. Lewiston-Auburn unemployment was at 3.7 percent; Portland-South Portland's jobless rate held at 3 percent.

Unemployment in Maine's three major metropolitan areas fell in February.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine labor officials say unemployment has held steady in the early part of the year.

Now that they control the state Legislature, Democrats are out to undo a number of labor laws, including one that governs how earned-pay affects unemployment benefits.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine labor officials say the state's low unemployment rate held steady in December.

Maine's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in November was unchanged from the previous month, but up from last year at this time.

Maine's jobless rate edged up a tenth of a percentage point in September to 3.3 percent.

Unemployment in Maine rose slightly in July for a third straight month.

The increases have been just .1 percent and still leave the state with a very low 3 percent jobless rate. This marks the 32nd consecutive month that the jobless rate was under 4 percent. That’s the longest such period on record.

The state labor department said Maine added 5,700 non-farm jobs in the past year. 5,400 of those were in the private sector. All told, the state has 628, non-farm payroll jobs with 527,900 in the private sector. Governments employ an estimated 100,600 Mainers.

Maine's unemployment rate was 2.9 percent in June.  That was up from 2.8 percent in May.  But state Labor Department spokeman Glenn Mills says the figure is still down from the 3.5 percent rate in June of 2017.

"Yeah, I've been asked, 'How low can it go?' and, you know, it's really not clear," Mills says. "We've never been in this territory before, so, it's a good question, how low can it go?"

Unemployment in Maine has now been below 4 percent for 31 consecutive months, a record.  In New England, only New Hampshire had a lower jobless rate in June, of 2.8 percent.

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.

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