Category Archives: Maine

What’s actually alarming about the Portland study

Portland employment

From the PPH (for the BDN piece): Portland is losing ground at an “alarming” rate, according to a new study examining nearly 30 indicators of where the city’s economy is headed. Portland’s Economic Scorecard 2014-2015, to be released Tuesday by the Portland Community Chamber, shows that the city has experienced lackluster improvement – or no […]

Philadelphia Fed predicts economic growth for Maine over the next 6 months

7-14 leading index

FROM the Philadelphia Fed: The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia has released the leading indexes for the 50 states for July 2014. The indexes are a six-month forecast of the state coincident indexes (also released by the Bank). Forty-five state coincident indexes are projected to grow over the next six months, while five are projected […]

Maine wages level off from 2013 – 2014

wages

THE Center for Workforce Research and Information released average weekly wage data for the first quarter of this year for Maine.  Overall, wages leveled off from Q1 2013 to Q1 2014, with real wages for all industries declining $1.40, and real wages for service providing industries and goods producing industries declining $1.59 and $2.56, respectively. […]

Another Problem with the Skills Gap Argument

Bev-Curve

Jared Bernstein has a pretty interesting post up regarding the Beveridge Curve, which in turn has some impact on the skills gap arguments taking place in Maine.  Skills gap proponents in Maine like to point to national trends to bolster their argument that the state is suffering from the national trend. On the national level, skills […]

More Data suggesting Weakness in Maine’s Labor Market

WHILE some labor market indicators for the state continue to improve, other data points to continuing weakness in Maine’s labor market.  While the unemployment rate for the state continued to decline, and the employment-population ratio remains relatively strong, the quality of jobs being created is weak. As MECEP highlighted last month, Maine has the 5th […]

Involuntary part-time work up during the recovery

PTE 2010 to 2014

There’s been a lot of discussion, criticism, and defense to Gov. Paul LePage’s economic record thus far.  One of the larger criticisms is that while the state’s unemployment rate continues to dip, as noted by some, Maine has the 5th highest rate of involuntary part-time work. (click images to enlarge) Unsurprisingly, that rate has increased since the […]