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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 3, 2013

May 3, 2013

April employment report fuels confidence

 The jobless rate drops to 7.5 percent as February and March figures are updated.

May 3, 2013

Stock market climbs to all-time highs on upbeat jobs figures

The unemployment rate falls to the lowest level in four years, giving investors new confidence after weeks of conflicting signals about the strength of the global economy.

May 3, 2013

Messaging on Web eats into texting

 Americans texted less in 2012, with some switching to Internet services that avoid per-message fees.

May 3, 2013

Justice Department seeks tax cheats in Caribbean

IRS The government wants the names of taxpayers with an account at FirstCaribbean.

May 3, 2013

Signs point to stronger U.S. economy

 A string of data Thursday raises hopes for more hiring and U.S. growth in the coming months.

May 3, 2013

New technology revives old energy

 Fossil fuels are experiencing a resurgence as technology helps companies access reserves.

May 3, 2013

Stock market's investors await employment report



May 3, 2013

Buffett joins the social media age, sends his first tweet

The billionaire's first tweet on Thursday announced simply, 'Warren is in the house.'

May 3, 2013

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May 3, 2013

Maine farmer gets $300K to make fire logs from hay

Peter Bragdon of Vassalboro won the grant for developing a way to take hay that cannot be used for feed and turn it into a home heating source.