Maine by the numbers

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Maine Retail Sales

Q4 – 2013

$4.53 Billion

Q4 – 2012

$4.45 Billion

Source: State of Maine

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News from May 2, 2013

May 2, 2013

Lewiston marketing company to hire 150

Argo Marketing, which operates customer-service call centers, will add 150 full-time jobs over the next 12 months.

May 2, 2013

U.S. jobless claims fall to 5-year low

But layoffs are only half the equation: Companies also need to be confident enough to add workers for job growth to pick up and lower the unemployment rate.

May 2, 2013

Intel taps COO as chipmaker's next CEO

Brian Krzanich will steer the world's largest chipmaker in a world where PC sales are cratering while smartphones and tablets thrive.

May 2, 2013

Obama taps Pritzker, Froman for economic jobs

He said the two will help fulfill his top priority to grow the economy and create middle class jobs, in part by opening new markets overseas to sell U.S. products.

May 2, 2013

Mass. meets solar goal early, sets new one

Gov. Deval Patrick said the state's new goal will be 1,600 megawatts of solar energy by the year 2020.

May 2, 2013

LePage official blasts widely supported paint bill

The bill is sponsored by a Republican and supported by Democrats and the industry, but Melanie Loyzim testifies against it.

May 2, 2013

They're ready to buy – but where are homes for sale?

 Growing confidence in the economy is stymied by a shortage of houses and an overabundance of bidders.

May 2, 2013


May 2, 2013

Fiscal policy is blamed for slowing the economy

 The Federal Reserve cautions that tax increases coupled with spending cuts are restraining economic growth.

May 2, 2013

Bangor Savings rated region's best by its customers

May 2, 2013

Mentally disabled workers awarded $7.5 million each

Mentally Disabled Workers The verdict is the largest in the history of the EEOC, which sued a turkey plant over egregious violations.