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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 18, 2014

February 18

Smart gun is a new leader in high-tech arms race

A smart gun being sold in California sparks talk of a new gun market as well as safety concerns

February 19

LePage administration opposes change to Maine wind project evaluations

A Maine bill calls for restrictions to keep regulators from using criteria not specified by law to thwart turbine projects.

February 18

Boosting minimum wage would raise pay for 16.5 million, report says

But it also would cut employment by roughly 500,000 workers, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

February 18

Obama orders new fuel standards for trucks

He says having a more fuel-efficient truck fleet will boost the economy, help combat climate change and result in savings for consumers.

February 18

‘Candy Crush Saga’ maker King Digital plans IPO

The game was the most-downloaded free app on both iPhones and iPads in 2013, beating Facebook, Google Maps and YouTube.

February 18

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February 18

Student debt may hurt recovery of housing market

Many potential first-time buyers are hampered by their loans.

February 18

Bill targets data breach response

A new bill is one of several introduced in Congress in response to cyberattacks affecting consumers.

February 18

401(k) balances rise with record gains on Wall Street

Fidelity says the average balance in its accounts at the end of last year was $89,300.

February 18

Intellectually disabled adults struggle to find work

Only 44 percent of those with such disabilities are in the workforce, and that includes job hunters.

February 18

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February 18

Global markets focus on Italy’s change of government

Investors want to see how quickly Matteo Renzi tackles reforms.

February 18

Portland Yacht Services using contest to find young workers

Sixteen Maine high school juniors and seniors will compete at the Maine Boat Builders show for $10,000 in scholarships.

February 18

Attention, Walmart walkers: Fitness laps in store are free

The Sanford store’s new program promotes midwinter exercising amid the toys, clothing and dairy products.