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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 January 24, 2014

January 25

Cold winter fuels price increase for natural gas

There is record demand, record withdrawal from storage, and short-term production is threatened.

January 24

Global markets slump on fear of slowing growth

The Dow sinks 318 points Friday, its biggest one-day drop since June.

January 24

In Hawaii, shark repelling devices grow in popularity Video clip included

Users strap the devices to their ankles, wetsuits or surfboards. Some are about the size of an oversized watch, others the size of a wallet. But do they work?

January 25

Maine fixes unemployment processing glitch

Claims by up to 2,200 Mainers are processed after delays caused by a computer problem this week.

January 24

Microsoft posts record sales as Ballmer prepares to leave

The world’s largest software maker is in the middle of a reorganization and is working to close the acquisition of Nokia’s handset unit.

January 24

Maine scallop fishery to remain open 3 days a week

Draggers can fish Mondays, Tuesday and Wednesdays, and divers can fish Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

January 24

Portland proposal to raise minimum wage will get lots of scrutiny Several photos included in this story

The city plans to move slowly in assessing the impact of the mayor’s idea on businesses and workers.

January 24

Icahn keeps stocking up on Apple



January 24

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January 24

With Mac’s launch came a revolution

The computer world changed forever when the Mac came out 30 years ago Friday.

January 24

Most Central Maine Power customers to see 10 percent rate increase

Maine’s public advocate says ‘it won’t be the last’ increase ratepayers see.