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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 November 20, 2013

November 21, 2013

Bath Iron Works may get Saudi ship contract worth billions

The country is moving forward with a naval upgrade, and the Maine company hopes to be part of it.

November 20, 2013

Oyster beds spread as raw bars drive demand for variety

Cleaner waters and a locavore revolution inspire growers along the Atlantic Seaboard.

November 20, 2013

Sales of homes up 5.9% in Maine

That tops the national rate of increase for October. The state’s median price for existing houses rises 3.4%.

November 20, 2013

Keystone foes seek to thwart Northwest rail outlet for oil sands

The use of trains to carry crude is increasing in both the U.S. and Canada as production outstrips the capacity of pipelines to transport the bounty.

November 20, 2013

FairPoint loses appeal on outsourcing

Appeals Court affirms two earlier rulings that FairPoint wrongfully transferred union jobs

November 20, 2013

U.S. existing home sales fall 3.2 percent in October

The 16-day partial government shutdown pinched home sales last month by creating uncertainty about the economy and slowing loan approvals.

November 20, 2013

Farmington denied state's 'business friendly' certification

Farmington was one of three towns to apply for certification in the fifth round of applications for the program.

November 20, 2013

Survey: Propane prices surge in Maine

Energy Director Patrick Woodcock says a severe shortage in the Midwest and lower New England inventories may be contributing to the price increases.

November 20, 2013

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November 20, 2013

Tesla car fires being investigated

The federal probe involves more than 13,000 Model S vehicles.

November 20, 2013

Stocks edge lower after disappointing earnings

Big decliners include Best Buy and Campbell Soup.