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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 May 24, 2013

May 24, 2013

Lawmakers step up pressure on military footwear Several photos included in this story

If members of the armed forces are required to buy American-made products, it could benefit Maine's New Balance factories.

May 24, 2013

Summer travel forecast: Better, but no blowout 


Those with money are taking more extravagant vacations, but a large swath of the population is staying close to home.

May 24, 2013

UMaine's offshore wind buoy is ready for real test - in the ocean

The system will be used to track wind speeds at the height of offshore wind turbines to determine the suitability of sites for wind farms.

May 24, 2013

BIW lays keel for new destroyer

The laying of the keel marks a milestone in the construction of a ship. The keel unit is a 4,400-ton backbone of the ship.

May 24, 2013

Stocks edge lower on investor fears

Vincent Quinones A slowdown in Chinese manufacturing and concern the Fed may ease back on its stimulus rile investors.

May 24, 2013

Oh! K

 Special K churns out more new products in its brand evolution.

May 24, 2013

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May 24, 2013

New home sales rose by 2.3% in April

 April sales of new homes nearly matched January, which had the fastest pace in almost five years.

May 24, 2013

Investor: Good moms may be poor traders

 Paul Tudor Jones says mothers are likely to lose the focus needed to be successful.

May 24, 2013

Unum Group promotes executive to higher positions

Michael Simonds, who lives in Maine and is a graduate of Bowdoin College, will be the company's new executive vice president.