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

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News from February 16, 2014

February 16

Kickstarter says hackers got customer data

The online fundraising site recommends users change their passwords.

February 16

Some sponsors compose Olympians’ tweets

Sponsorship deals are now starting to specify how many tweets, how many Facebook mentions and even Instagram photos they must post.

February 16

Changes urged for student debit cards

Some are seeing a dent in the amount of aid available to them because of fees.

February 16

Datebook



February 16

UAW makes no inroads in South

Volkswagen workers in Tennessee vote against union representation, stunning many experts.

February 16

Is it better to rent or buy housing?

Paying rent may feel like a waste of money, but there are several factors to consider.

February 16

On the Move



February 16

Maine landlords must have radon tests on their rental units by March 1 Several photos included in this story

But many of them say they won’t meet the deadline because of backlogs with registered testers.

February 16

Charles Lawton: Economic generalizations don’t show the whole picture

To make effective public policy, we must look at the component parts of ‘The Business Sector.’