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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 September 19, 2013

September 19, 2013

Maine home sales energized

Sales of existing houses and the median price jump in August as the market continues to rebound.

September 19, 2013

Regulator wants large credit unions to undergo 'stress tests'

If any of the four largest credit unions were to fall, it could pose a tremendous threat to the insurance fund that protects them.

September 23, 2013

Portland waterfront could once again be a contender Several photos included in this story

 In its bustling past, as well as in the hopes for a viable future, the port has geography on its side.

September 19, 2013

JPMorgan fined $920M, admits fault in trading loss

Regulators say that the largest U.S. bank's weak oversight allowed traders in its London office to assign inflated values to transactions and cover up huge losses.

September 19, 2013

US home sales hit 6½-year high but could slow soon

Mortgage rates have risen since May and have begun to restrain housing's rebound.

September 19, 2013

Maine shrimping shutdown on horizon this winter

A survey indicates numbers are at a low point, a blow to fishermen as regulators prepare to set limits.

September 19, 2013

Tom's of Maine cuts national sales, marketing jobs

After cutting some jobs and creating others, the company's employment total in Maine will be down by one.

September 19, 2013

Software update may overshadow new iPhones

Analysts are waiting to see whether Apple’s iOS 7 drives or dampens sales of the newest phones.

September 19, 2013

Trend: Workers shop exchange for health benefits

 Walgreen is the latest company to make the shift away from offering just a few plan options itself.

September 19, 2013

On the Move



September 19, 2013

SEC backs plan to show hierarchy pay disparity



September 19, 2013

A Word With the Boss: CEO sees big things in microscopic images



September 19, 2013

Beanie Babies creator to pay $53.5 million for tax evasion



September 19, 2013

Parent of BIW shuffles leaders

 The president in Bath is moving to Electric Boat as part of changes related to a retirement.

September 19, 2013

Toys R Us expects Elmo, go-cart to be hot sellers



September 19, 2013

Court rules a Facebook 'like' is protected speech

The case arose from an employee 'liking' his boss's political opponent.

September 19, 2013

Global coal use seen as heading for slow burnout

 Anti-pollution rules and energy changes could mean 'the beginning of the end' for the fuel.

September 19, 2013

JPMorgan: Problems being fixed

The bank says it is spending about $1 billion to correct risk and compliance mistakes.

September 19, 2013

What the iOS 7 lets users do



September 19, 2013

Briefcase



September 19, 2013

Westbrook dreams big on downtown rebirth

 Westbrook leaders envision a transformed downtown teeming with offices, hotels, shops and restaurants drawn to the city for its business-friendly policies, relatively inexpensive real estate and local amenities.