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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 26, 2013

September 26, 2013

Pasta executive's comments on gays spur anger

The chairman of Barilla says his company would never feature ads depicting gay families.

September 26, 2013

Western farmers face labor shortages in the fields 


Farmers say immigration reform, which would legalize their current workforce and create a guest worker program, could solve the labor shortage problem.

September 27, 2013

U.S. Chamber hires former Maine Gov. McKernan to lead foundation

The U.S. Chamber is the nation’s largest business organization with considerable political sway in Washington.

September 26, 2013

Mass. judge OKs $300M Market Basket payout

The ruling is a setback for Arthur T. Demoulas, who's been locked in a legal battle with family members over control of the chain.

September 26, 2013

Walmart contributes to down day for Dow

The retailer's 'business as usual' move rattles investors who are already jittery about Congress' intractability.

September 26, 2013

On the Move



September 26, 2013

New York City may ban social media checks by employers



September 26, 2013

Allstate plans to expand in Maine

An official with the insurance company says Maine's 'strong economy' is prompting the growth.

September 26, 2013

Mobile ads give Facebook a lift

Mark Zuckerberg Shares hit new highs as analysts tout a new advertising potential and pending changes in China.

September 26, 2013

Household net worth on the rise

Americans' net worth was up $74.8 trillion in the last quarter on gains in home prices and stock values.

September 26, 2013

Chamber presents awards

The Press Herald is among recipients honored for community leadership.

September 26, 2013

New lender to support small firms

Bill Whitmore, who has operated fitness centers, will offer financing and other business services.

September 26, 2013

A Word with the Boss: Planet Dog co-CEO sees a mission to give back

 Colleen McCracken recently joined Planet Dog, the Westbrook maker of dog toys and treats, as co-CEO, after stops at G.H. Bass and Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers.

September 26, 2013

Afraid of your device? Amazon has an answer

 The company's newest Kindles come equipped with 'Mayday,' an interactive link to customer services.

September 26, 2013

Fairfax says it won't abandon BlackBerry bid



September 26, 2013

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