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October 22, 2018

Maine unemployment posts slight uptick in September

Maine seasonally adjusted unemployment was 3.3% in September, a slight uptick from 3.2% in August and unchanged from a year ago, according to preliminary data from the Maine Department of Labor released on Friday.

That means that the jobless rate has been below 4.0% for 34 consecutive months, the longest period on record.

Among metropolitan areas, the unemployment rate was below the statewide average in the Portland-South Portland area at 2.5%, and close to average in the Lewiston-Auburn and Bangor areas, both at 3.1%

U.S. preliminary unemployment was 3.7% for September, down from 3.9% in August and 4.2% a year ago.

New England’s average unemployment rate for September remained 3.6%,  with New Hampshire at 2.7%, Vermont at 2.9%, Massachusetts at 3.6%, Rhode Island at 3.9%, and Connecticut the highest at 4.2%.

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