Maine by the numbers

A daily snapshot of the state's economy

Cumberland County Unemployment Rate

March 2014

5%

March 2013

5.8%

Source: Maine Department of Labor

Business blogs

Special Report: Where are the jobs of Maine’s future?

Explore the section

Past Headlines

News from August 27, 2013

August 28, 2013

$38 million Portland project 'starting to gel'

Planning Board members give favorable reviews to the ambitious Bayside plan for apartments and retail space.

August 28, 2013

Gowen Marine, a Portland waterfront landmark, sold

Phineas Sprague, who recently sold the Portland Company Marine Complex, purchased the business as part of his plan to reshape the city's working waterfront.

August 27, 2013

Barclaycard to expand, add 100 jobs to Maine call center

Barclays says the jobs are full time and include benefits such as health and dental insurance.

August 27, 2013

FairPoint to extend broadband to 44 Maine towns

The work will span three years with about a third of the communities coming online each year, FairPoint said.

August 27, 2013

Consumer confidence nears five-year high in August

After hitting bottom at 25.3 at the depths of the Great Recession in February 2009, the index has bounced back. But it has yet to get back to the 90 reading that signals a healthy economy.

August 27, 2013

Treasury says US will hit debt limit this fall

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has asked Speaker John Boehner to raise the borrowing limit so that Treasury can keep paying the government's bills.

August 27, 2013

Datebook



August 27, 2013

On the Move



August 27, 2013

Stock market slides after Kerry remarks

Secretary of State John Kerry's statement on a chemical attack in Syria jolts the market lower.

August 27, 2013

Stock operator BATS buying Direct Edge

The new company formed by the deal will become the nation's second-biggest stock exchange.

August 27, 2013

Growth streak ends for durable goods



August 27, 2013

Rebel investor selling Penney's stock

William Ackman dumps all his shares, sending the price down, two weeks after quitting the board.

August 27, 2013

Economic foundation president steps down

Edmund Cervone departs for personal reasons after a year at the nonprofit that supports Maine development projects.

August 27, 2013

Briefcase



August 27, 2013

'Secret formula,' sure,
but sacred? Not quite

Marilyn Buamah Coca-Cola and other food companies play up stories of product origins, but they're not averse to changing the recipes.