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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 22, 2013

December 23, 2013

Natural gas flows to heat first home in Augusta

Maine Natural Gas and Summit Natural Gas are competing for customers who want to save money by switching fuels.

December 22, 2013

Apple reaches deal to bring iPhone to China Mobile

The iPhone 5s and 5c will go on sale in Apple stores and China Mobil stores beginning Jan. 17.

December 23, 2013

Weak security makes U.S. cards a target Several photos included in this story

Retailers, banks and credit card issuers can do more to protect against hackers, but don’t want to bear the costs.

December 23, 2013

Health plan sticker shock ahead for some buyers

Counselors, who have been helping people choose policies, say many are focused only on the upfront cost, not what the insurance companies agree to pay.

December 22, 2013

Are digital cameras out of the picture?

Consumers choose smartphones’ link to social media over image quality.