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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 February 1, 2014

February 1

Music a big focus in Super Bowl ads

The focus on music comes as many advertisers look for ways to engage the 108 million viewers who are expected to tune in during the Super Bowl.

February 1

Consumer spending climbs solidly

A December bump in spending comes in spite of stagnant incomes.

February 1

Maine farmers hope Oakhurst sale changes nothing but the owner

For decades, the family-owned business has rewarded its milk producers for quality.

February 1

California says it won’t share reservoir water with local agencies

The decision affects 25 million people and 1 million acres of farmland.

February 1

Wall Street closes out a dismal January

Some investors see the Dow’s worst start since 2009 as a healthy correction after a year of nothing but ups.

February 1

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February 1

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February 1

CEOs pledge fair hiring practices



February 1

Brine and Dandy: Salt Ladies’ flakes making waves with gourmets

Two women from Boston’s North Shore produce finishing salt that is prized by professional and amateur chefs alike.