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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 October 17, 2013

October 17, 2013

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October 17, 2013

$25 million loan guarantee approved for new Maine pellet plant

The operation, which requires a $70 million investment, could be up and running by the end of 2014.

October 17, 2013

Chipotle’s profits heat up as it draws more diners

The fast-food Mexican chain is performing better than many of its competitiors, including McDonald’s and Burger King.

October 18, 2013

Portland Pipe Line gives up permit it would need for tar sands oil

The company makes the rare decision amid the battle over a proposed South Portland ordinance.

October 18, 2013

Burritos trumping burgers as America’s tastes change

As immigrant populations expand, the nation’s menu reflects its transformation.

October 17, 2013

Initial jobless claims drop to 358,000 but are skewed by shutdown

The weekly jobless claims report was the only government economic data released during the shutdown.

October 18, 2013

Many testify against revising Maine mining rules

But those who speak in support of easing the standards say the changes would create jobs.

October 18, 2013

Clock ticking on Maine-Nova Scotia ferry service for 2014

The Maine operator says he’s ‘confident’ service will begin in May, but with the time to book tours elapsing, some are skeptical.

October 17, 2013

Public hearing held on proposed Maine mining rules

Renewed interest in metallic mining of metals in Aroostook County’s Bald Mountain triggered an update of Maine’s mining regulations.

October 17, 2013

Debt-limit deal still leaves a cloud over economic prospects

Unless a long-term agreement is reached, the government – and the economy – will contend with new deadlines early next year.

October 17, 2013

A Word With the Boss: Arielle Walrath's getting a reputation for astute branding

She runs Might & Main in Portland, a business marketing firm that prides itself on resourcefulness

October 17, 2013

Microsoft releasing Windows 8.1 update

The download is free for owners of Windows 8 and available starting at 7 a.m. Thursday in New York.

October 17, 2013

New Facebook policy lets teens go ‘public’

Even these savviest of social media users may not realize how their posts can come back to haunt them.

October 17, 2013

Five Madoff ‘players’ on trial in New York

The defendants say there were led astray by their former boss and in the dark about his epic fraud.

October 17, 2013

On the Move



October 17, 2013

Engineering firm relocating to Portland

Burns & McDonnell is working on CMP’s $1.55 billion power grid upgrade.

October 17, 2013

Dry firewood getting scarce at wrong time for Mainers

A wet spring slowed harvesting and a cold forecast boosted demand, leaving a very low supply before winter even starts.