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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 September 24, 2013

September 25, 2013

Judges weigh religious exemption for new health law

A federal appeals court is considering whether for-profit businesses can be exempted from a contraceptive mandate because of the owners' religious views.

September 24, 2013

Reunited Obama, Bill Clinton tout health care law

Obama and Clinton lay out the law's benefits and its connection to the economy while dispelling what they call disinformation about its downsides.

September 24, 2013

Maine joins push for tight regulation of e-cigarettes 


Forty attorneys general say electronic cigarettes are being marketed to children and ask regulators to meet their Oct. 31 deadline to propose new restrictions.

September 24, 2013

Employers working through health care confusion

Step 1: By Oct. 1, all employers must notify their employees either about their company's insurance plan or about the new marketplaces that are opening to the uninsured.

September 24, 2013

Burger King launching lower-calorie french fry

 The hamburger chain is launching 'Satisfries,' a crinkle-cut french fry that it says has about 20 percent fewer calories than its regular fries.

September 24, 2013

Medical products company opens new plant in Brunswick

Molnlycke Health Care's $47 million facility will result in 40 new jobs by the end of 2013 and more jobs next year.

September 24, 2013

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September 24, 2013

Iconic Volkswagen bus reaches end of the road

 VW says production will halt Dec. 31, but there should be plenty of vans rolling along for decades.

September 24, 2013

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September 24, 2013

$12 million Portland housing proposal up for city approval Several photos included in this story

 The next phase of Bay House, which would bring 39 market-rate condos to Newbury Street, goes to the Planning Board.