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November 20, 2017

Cumberland, Sagadahoc are lowest unemployment counties

The state’s unemployment rate remains historically low, with the Maine Department of Labor reporting a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.5% for October, which was down slightly from 3.7% for September and 3.9% one year ago.

The number of unemployed was down 2,200 over the year to 25,000. The unemployment rate has been at or below 4.0% for 25 consecutive months.

The U.S. preliminary unemployment rate of 4.1% for October was little changed from 4.2% for September and down from 4.8% one year ago. The New England unemployment rate averaged 3.8%.

October unemployment rate estimates for other states in the region were 2.7% in New Hampshire, 2.9% in Vermont, 3.7% in Massachusetts, 4.2% in Rhode Island and 4.5% in Connecticut.

Around the state, the lowest rate was 2.4% in Cumberland and Sagadahoc counties and the highest was 4.8% in Washington County.

The unemployment rate was below the statewide average in the Portland-South Portland (2.4%) metro area and close to the average in the Lewiston-Auburn (2.8%) and Bangor (3%) metro areas.

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