Friday, January 18, 2008

Maine's jobless rate increases

(from The Daily/Mainebiz)

The Maine Department of Labor today said Maine’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate increased from 4.9% in November to 5.1% in December, reflecting national trends. The country's unemployment rose from 4.7% to 5.0% during the same period.

Meanwhile, the number of seasonally-adjusted nonfarm wage and salary jobs increased by 1,000 between November and December, primarily as a result of 700 new jobs created in the accommodation and food services industry. State Labor Commission Laura Fortman said the increase was likely driven by the best conditions in years for winter sports enthusiasts.

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