I am a little confused by the Maine Department of Labor forecast reported Wednesday in the article “Maine job-growth outlook: Anemic.”

The report projects that fewer jobs will be created (bad) but that there will be fewer workers to fill available jobs (bad). The decline of manufacturing and the paper industry results in fewer jobs (bad) and more available workers (bad).

Apparently, the only scenario that will make everyone happy is high unemployment and lots of unfilled jobs. Then we can report that Maine has high unemployment (bad) and that employers can’t fill the jobs they have (bad), which, depending on who you talk to, sounds like our current situation.

The Brookings Institution’s 2006 report “Charting Maine’s Future” describes Mainers as being unnecessarily pessimistic. Now where would they get that impression?

Kurt Woltersdorf