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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 April 17, 2013

April 17, 2013

USDA starts new program to track farm animals

It is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's second attempt at implementing such a system, which officials say is critical to maintaining the security of the nation's food supply.

April 17, 2013

Holiday sales bill called boost for Maine biz

The bill would allow stores with less than 10,000 square feet of interior selling space to be open on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

April 17, 2013

American expects flights to return to normal

American Airlines is promising to run a near-normal operation today, and that would be just fine for the tens of thousands of passengers who were stranded by a mammoth technology meltdown.

April 17, 2013

Analysts skeptical of Chinese economic data

Investors say China's government has trouble reporting accurate numbers in key sectors.

April 17, 2013

Computer crash grounds American flights

 The failure causes cascading delays and cancellations, stranding thousands of passengers in the U.S.

April 17, 2013

IMF lowers expectations for world economic growth

The international group says government cuts will keep global growth at 3.3 percent this year.

April 17, 2013

Internet advertising grows by 15 percent

Google and Facebook lead the way as an analyst says the rest of online ads grew by just 3.8 percent.

April 17, 2013

Markets rebound on good reports

Strong earnings help drive the markets back up after the worst day since November.

April 17, 2013

Concerns take shine off gold

 Investors are worried European countries could sell off gold reserves to help their debt problems.