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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 6, 2013

December 7, 2013

U.S. economy has fourth straight month of strong hiring

Employers added 203,000 jobs in November, and the unemployment rate fell to 7 percent, a five-year low.

December 6, 2013

Maine group to boost trade in North Atlantic region

The Maine International Trade Center creates a new North Atlantic office as dignitaries from Iceland visit Portland Friday.

December 6, 2013

Hard work for low pay in fast food? Mainers know feeling well Several photos included in this story

On a day of protests in 200 cities, a report says the state’s minimum wage is far short of a livable level.

December 6, 2013

Economists await Friday jobs figures

The U.S. economy shows momentum, but a robust finish for the year depends on a jobs report that indicates strong hiring.

December 6, 2013

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December 6, 2013

Montreal-to-Boston night train gains steam

Advocates meet in Canada to advance a plan for the ‘hotel’ passenger service, which would include stops in Portland and elsewhere in Maine.

December 6, 2013

Stakes high in farm bill debate

The milk supply may fall and prices would jump if no dairy subsidy deal is reached by year’s end.

December 6, 2013

Halt to Maine rail service jeopardizes businesses Several photos included in this story

Pan Am Railways says it’s not economically sound to keep the service going without its largest client.