AUGUSTA — An economist with the State Planning Office has been named Maine’s top financial forecaster.

As state economist, 29-year-old Amanda Rector analyzes Maine’s economy for planning and policy purposes. She’s also the governor’s liaison to the U.S. Census Bureau, serves on the state’s Revenue Forecasting Commission and supports the State Planning Office director on economic and tax policy issues.

Rector has worked in the State Planning Office since 2007 and was with the Department of Labor before that. She has degrees from Wellesley College and from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine.