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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 21, 2013

September 21, 2013

Target to hire fewer workers for holiday shopping season

 The discounter says its permanent employees wanted to get first dibs on working extra hours.

September 21, 2013

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September 21, 2013

Heated-up stock market drives burst of IPOs

Initial public offerings are up 46 percent from this time last year, and the pace is not slowing.

September 21, 2013

Wall Street slides on budget fears

Stocks turn lower after the House of Representatives votes to defund President Obama's health care law.

September 20, 2013

Firms urged to cultivate ‘screaming, raving fans’

The key to using social media for marketing is to avoid aggressive sales pitches, an expert tells a Portland crowd.

September 20, 2013

California phone line turns into mob scene

Homeless people revolt after a man fails to pay them for waiting in line outside an Apple Store.