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Cumberland County Unemployment Rate

March 2014

5%

March 2013

5.8%

Source: Maine Department of Labor

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News from April 29, 2013

April 29, 2013

Portland business owner: No more butts Several photos included in this story

 Mike Roylos, who owns the Spartan Grill in Monument Square, will offer 5 cents per cigarette butt in hopes of cleaning up the downtown area.

April 29, 2013

S&P 500 reaches new high, led by tech

A pair of better economic reports gave investors some encouragement. Wages and spending rose last month, and pending home sales hit their highest level in three years.

April 29, 2013

Panel seeks operator for Portland-to-Nova Scotia ferry

The province is offering $21 million to subsidize the service over seven years, beginning next year.

April 29, 2013

Low natural gas prices electrify competition in NH utilities

Maine-based ENH Power has picked up 54,000 customers from New Hampshire utilities, primarily PSNH, since last summer.

April 29, 2013

Rental demand in Portland is through the roof

 The city hopes to see at least 800 more apartments built as demand forces up rents.