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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 December 19, 2013

December 19, 2013

Facebook, CEO to sell 70 million stock shares

Mark Zuckerberg also will buy Class B shares, thus maintaining most of his stake and voting power.

December 20, 2013

Lockheed Martin ends donations to Boy Scouts

The aerospace company says the group’s anti-gay policy conflicts with Lockheed’s commitment to diversity.

December 20, 2013

Thousands of Mainers’ card data may have been stolen at Target Several photos included in this story

Target customers in the state – up to 100,000 or more – are told to watch accounts for odd charges.

December 20, 2013

Report: Maine political giving tied to tax break program

A spokesman says businesses have influenced lawmakers to preserve a $69.9 million tax break subsidized by Maine taxpayers last year.

December 20, 2013

Federal jury awards The Brunswick Inn $10,000 in name dispute

The judge has yet to decide whether the Inn at Brunswick Station will have to change its name as a result of the verdict in U.S. District Court.

December 20, 2013

Portland Pirates drop lawsuit; lease talks with civic center to resume

The team’s new majority owner and the arena's trustees’ chairman decide to ‘look toward the future.’

December 19, 2013

Oil trains raise concerns in small towns, cities

Fears are stoked by the July crash in Lac Megantic, but a review shows the number of accidents has remained steady and most involve small quantities of oil.

December 19, 2013

Target says up to 40 million affected by data breach

Payment card data was reportedly stolen from customers between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.

December 19, 2013

Britain to print banknotes on plastic

Cheaper to produce and longer lasting, the new money will save money.

December 19, 2013

Word with the Boss: Pat Scully faces a new role and challenge as Bernstein Shur’s new CEO



December 19, 2013

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December 19, 2013

Maine consumers learning to shop locally Several photos included in this story

Campaigns strive to impress on Maine minds that the practice keeps more money in the community.

December 19, 2013

On the Move



December 19, 2013

Holiday sales not so bright so far

Fewer than expected shoppers are looking at steeper discounts, with sales behind predictions.

December 19, 2013

Some Maine mills forced to idle lines as price of power soars

The temporary measures during an early cold snap show how the state’s natural gas shortage is a threat to businesses and workers.

December 19, 2013

Alfond proposes possible solution to Pirates, civic center stalemate

It would allow the team to share revenue from alcohol sales without getting a liquor license, which 'certainly makes sense,' both sides say.