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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 May 23, 2013

May 24, 2013

In Maine, wet holiday weather may curb some traffic

Predictions of rain every day but Monday, and cool temperatures too, could put a damper on Memorial Day travel.

May 23, 2013

Maine Turnpike to keep volume discount for commuters

Maine E-ZPass account holders who take at least 40 one-way trips a month get an additional 50 percent off their entire bill for that month.

May 23, 2013

Carmaker Tesla repays federal loans nine years early

This week, Tesla wired the U.S. government some $452 million dollars, using a portion of the $1 billion it just raised on the debt and equity markets.

May 23, 2013

Unum executive to retire; company raises dividend

Kevin McCarthy, chief operating officer of the company and CEO of its Unum US operating unit, plans to retire in the first quarter of 2014.

May 23, 2013

Medical problem? Wait a minute

Minute clinics Pharmacy clinics are filling a role for patients when physicians can't.

May 23, 2013

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May 23, 2013

With demand up, car makers plan short breaks



May 23, 2013

Official says oil pipelines are key to Canada's future growth

They provide a link to new markets like the railroads did in the 1880s, asserts the CEO of Enbridge Inc.

May 23, 2013

Companies defend patents

Big hitters like Nintendo and Overstock are fighting suits in court over patent rights and winning.

May 23, 2013

Fed split on slowing its bond buys

Ben Bernanke Some members want to ease up soon on the interest-rates tactic, causing a volatile day for stocks.

May 23, 2013

Group deadlocked over Congress Square proposal

 A proposal to build an events center in the downtown Portland plaza will be presented to a City Council committee May 29.

May 22, 2013

Surge in housing demand sparks Portland bidding battles

 Available houses dwindle and prices rise as the city's housing market sees 'a very big change.'

May 22, 2013

Pay for CEOs changes, but still at a peak

Typical compensation was $9.7 million in 2012, up for the third straight year, as critics pressed for reforms.