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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 5, 2013

July 5, 2013

Illnesses prompt Whole Foods to recall cheese

The store pulls Crave Brothers Les Freres cheeses in response to a bacterial infection in several states.

July 5, 2013

In Maine, lobster processing finally catches up

Several new plants open to fill the void that last season's glut exposed, giving the industry more control over its product.

July 5, 2013

U.S economy gains 195,000 jobs, sees pay increases Video clip included

While signs show a strengthening economy, the new jobs are in generally lower-paying industries and many are part time.

July 5, 2013

Urban renewal on tap around craft breweries



July 5, 2013

Workplace extras pay off in staff loyalty

work relations The pluses need not be costly, as long as they make workers' lives easier.

July 5, 2013

Europe banks to keep interest low

The banks are responding to the possible end of the U.S. Federal Reserve's bond-buying program.

July 5, 2013

Prudential challenges designation

An insurance giant's unprecedented challenge to a regulatory label has broad implications.