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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 5, 2013

April 5, 2013

U.S. adds only 88,000 jobs, but rate drops to 7.6%

The unemployment rate fell only because more people stopped looking for work, and government cuts will likely hurt more companies with federal contracts in the coming months.

April 5, 2013

Renters like chances of success



April 5, 2013

Automakers could drop prices if the value of the yen drops against the dollar



April 5, 2013

Samsung kiosk plan pumps up Best Buy stock

Shares rise 16 percent as the change is viewed as a vote of confidence in brick-and-mortar stores.

April 5, 2013

Turn on your cell, there it is: Facebook

Facebook's new Home software will deliver photos and messages to some Android screens.

April 5, 2013

Two large banks say websites attacked

Online services for Wells Fargo Bank and BB&T are disrupted again as hackers flood the sites with traffic.

April 5, 2013

Economy not quite back to full health

Some vital signs have recovered from the recession, others not so much.

April 5, 2013

Japan to pour money into its financial system

Haruhiko Kuroda The devalued yen will make Japanese goods less costly in the United States.