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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 4, 2014

February 4

Unum posts lower fourth-quarter profits

The company, which has a large corporate presence in Maine, forecasts operating earnings growth for 2014.

February 5

Judge orders Inn at Brunswick Station to change its name

A lawsuit by The Brunswick Inn claimed name infringement, with customers getting confused by the similarity.

February 4

Bath Iron Works to christen largest-ever destroyer in April

The previous christening date for the 610-foot USS Zumwalt was postponed by the government shutdown.

February 5

How strong is that beer? Maine regulators hope to tell you

State regulators hope a new policy will allow the posting of alcohol content on sign boards and menus.

February 5

Unitil natural gas customers to get a price hike

The company had asked for a bigger, 10.4 percent increase, but the PUC cut their request.

February 5

New lease to bring Pirates back to Portland

The end of a months-long standoff will bring the hockey team and their economic benefits back to the Cumberland County Civic Center for five years.

February 4

Idexx’s fourth-quarter earnings per share, revenues rise

The Westbrook-based company reaffirms its outlook for 2014 revenue.

February 4

Microsoft veteran named CEO; Gates leaves chair role

Satya Nadella, 46, replaces Steve Ballmer and becomes only the third leader in the software company’s 38-year history.

February 4

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February 4

Janet Yellen sworn in to lead the Fed

Yellen is the first woman to head the Fed in its 100 years.

February 4

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February 4

Bad weather takes toll on auto sales

January saw the first year-over-year monthly sales drop since August of 2010.

February 4

Husson opens more 'campus-like' campus in Westbrook

The Bangor-based university bought property in southern Maine for the first time.

February 4

List beer’s alcohol content? In Maine, that’s illegal Several photos included in this story

Maine brewers and taverns are puzzled by enforcement of an old law that bans the potency numbers from menus and signs.