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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 July 1, 2013

July 1, 2013

Steinway OKs $438M buyout by private equity firm

The famed piano maker, in business for 160 years, agrees to a $438 million purchase by Kohlberg.

July 1, 2013

N.Y. firm gets Maine tourism PR account

The Dilenschneider Group will work with a Portland-based partner, Burgess Advertising and Marketing, to promote Maine tourism.

July 1, 2013

Ecuador flower growers in Snowden shock

Over the possibility that the South American country may grant political asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, the Obama administration is threatening to prolong costly tariffs against Ecuador's flower industry.

July 1, 2013

Skowhegan Savings branch adopts 'dialogue banking'

 A trend toward fostering closer teller-customer relationships arrives in Augusta.