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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 October 29, 2013

October 30, 2013

Debate on health and smart meters on view at Maine hearing

 Smart Meter Some 620,000 digital meters have been installed in Maine, but that doesn’t mean the critics have quit.

October 30, 2013

Foes file lawsuit to block Aroostook wind project

The complaint says work to build power lines for the 50-turbine farm will harm streams along the route.

October 29, 2013

US home prices rise at fastest pace since 2006

Greater demand and a tighter supply of homes for sale have helped drive prices higher over the past year, but there are signs the gains may have peaked.

October 29, 2013

Standard & Poor’s 500 closes at record high

Good news from JCPenney offsets some disappointing earnings.

October 29, 2013

Japanese cars maintain traction in reliability ratings

Toyota, Honda and Mazda still rate high, but European and U.S. carmakers make gains.

October 29, 2013

Briefcase

Factory output up slightly / Merck’s 3Q profits fall / and more business news.

October 29, 2013

South Dakota ranchers coping with losses from blizzard

They look to neighbors and to a new farm bill to help them recover from the storm, which killed tens of thousands of cattle.

October 29, 2013

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October 29, 2013

Earnings stir angst about Apple’s future

Despite strong iPhone sales, profit falls for a third straight quarter.

October 29, 2013

Former Rep. Barney Frank to speak at Maine housing conference

Organizations that work on homelessness will gather to talk about ways to reduce the problem.