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Cumberland County Unemployment Rate

March 2014

5%

March 2013

5.8%

Source: Maine Department of Labor

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June 13, 2013

Region's electric grid operator wants to armor against winter blackouts

Worried that there might not be enough natural gas in New England this winter to keep all the lights on reliably, the region's electric grid operator wants oil-fired power plants to stockpile 4.2 million barrels of oil by Dec. 1, for backup.