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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 29, 2014

January 29

Southwest Airlines sends Portland jetport use soaring

Nearly 60,000 additional passengers utilized the Portland airport in 2013, a rise of above 3.7 percent.

January 30

Fed cuts back on stimulus bond buying

The Federal Reserve’s decision to continue paring its purchases signals its belief that the economy is showing consistent improvement.

January 30

Civic center sends revised proposal to Pirates

Details are not released. Now the hockey team has until the end of Monday to consider if the terms are sufficient to return to Portland.

January 29

Portland planners OK 5 slope-side apartments

The project on Sheridan Street would use pier supports and feature a large top-floor unit built for a surgeon.

January 30

With elver season at risk, Maine moves closer to deal with Indian tribes Several photos included in this story

But the proposal, which seeks to balance tribal sovereignty with conservation measures, is raising constitutional concerns.

January 29

Portland Jetport sees boost in passengers in 2013

A major contributor was the addition of Southwest Airlines service in April.

January 29

Tasty toothpaste: New flavors to let you fight cavities, tempt sweet tooth

Crest is introducing Mint Chocolate Trek, Lime Spearmint Zest and others.

January 29

Durable goods orders dive 4.3 percent

The drop was the largest since an 8.1 percent dip in July.

January 29

Consumer confidence unexpectedly hits five-month high

More Americans say the labor market is improving and they’re confident about the economy.

January 29

Maine restaurant groups: No inspections by localities

That would cause confusion, they say, but others back a bill calling for increased oversight amid rising Maine complaints.

January 29

Planners OK upscale Munjoy Hill condos, apartment building

A four-story project at Congress Street's peak calls for 12 units as well as ground-floor retail space, and a smaller five-unit building will be built on a steep slope on Sheridan Street.