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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 November 1, 2013

November 1, 2013

Automakers posting big October gains

Sales are closing in on pre-recession rates exceeding 16 million, far above the 2009 trough of 10.4 million.

November 2, 2013

Hannaford objects to nearby Scarborough office plan

The grocery chain claims a first option to purchase land on Foley Farm Road, where a credit union is being proposed.

November 1, 2013

Others likely to follow U.S. lead on in-flight phone use

nternational regulators are likely to follow in the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's footsteps in loosening restrictions on the use of smartphones and other electronics during takeoff and landing.

November 1, 2013

Musicians taking Portland club’s shutdown hard

The Big Easy closed last weekend after the popular owner’s lease expired.

November 1, 2013

Fewer Americans applying for unemployment benefits

It’s a sign that employers are laying off very few workers.

November 1, 2013

No October jinx for stock market

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed at a record high seven times and ended the month up 4.5 percent.

November 1, 2013

Kraft to remove artificial dyes from mac and cheese

But the change doesn’t affect its plain elbow-shaped macaroni and cheese with 'original flavor.'

November 1, 2013

Noxious feline odor has some Dell customers complaining

People who own Dell Latitude 6430u laptops say their pricey new computers are emitting a smell similar to cat urine.

November 1, 2013

Convicted mobster hopes restaurant's a hit