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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 24, 2013

July 24, 2013

Maine Technology Institute awards $1.66 million

Maine Technology Institute said the awards include $1.4 million in development loans, $214,936 in seed grants and $46,741 in TechStart grants.

July 24, 2013

Homes that make more power than they take Several photos included in this story

These 'zero-net energy' homes feature thick walls, solar panels and geothermal heating and cooling systems. Homebuyers are willing to pay more for savings down the line.

July 24, 2013

Cost-cutting option: Phasing out door-to-door mail delivery

The postal service has already switched to curbside or neighborhood cluster box service for some newly built homes.

July 25, 2013

Report: Nursing, retail top list of Maine job postings

The new report based on listings culled from online social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn tracks recent employment and hiring activity in the state.

July 24, 2013

Starbucks to add Greek yogurt



July 24, 2013

Idexx stock takes dip despite 2Q profit rise

Second-quarter profits totaled $54 million, or 99 cents per share.

July 24, 2013

Auto website suspects reviews are fake

Edmunds.com is suing a company that it says made dozens of posts praising certain auto dealers.

July 24, 2013

Not so sweet for U.S. sugar

Rising imports of sugar from Mexico are pushing prices down to low levels experienced in the 1980s.

July 24, 2013

Tablets fuel AT&T's wireless revenue



July 24, 2013

Briefcase



July 24, 2013

Customer shift hurts UPS

A trend away from premium services forces a 4 percent fall in profits.

July 24, 2013

Wendy's profits outpace Wall Street expectations

The company plans to sell 425 restaurants to franchisees who can finance remodeling.

July 24, 2013

After iPad and iPhone, Apple seems stalled

Apple's stock rises, but quarterly earnings drop and it's been three years since the iPad came out.

July 24, 2013

Ask an investor: Would $1 million be 'wealthy'?



July 24, 2013

Women less likely to get flex time, study finds

Women with child-care needs and low-status jobs were least likely to get help, the researchers say.