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Nationally, job quality and wage growth continue to lag during recovery

Jobs-report

AS noted yesterday, the BLS released the jobs report for September showing that the economy added 248,000 jobs while the unemployment rate (UER) dropped to a 6 year low of 5.9%. So that’s the good news–the economy continues to add jobs and is above pre-recession levels: Moreover, 2014 has shaped up to be (thus far) […]

Greater Portland leads Maine’s metro areas in job growth

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ACCORDING to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics this morning, the Portland-South Portland-Biddeford area was the only metro area to outpace the state in job growth over the past year. From the report: Unemployment rates were lower in August than a year earlier in 322 of the 373 metropolitan areas, higher in 44 […]

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 […]

BLS: U.S. Economy Adds 209,000 Jobs, Unemployment Rate Up Slightly

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JUST released from the BLS. First from the household survey: Both the unemployment rate (6.2 percent) and the number of unemployed persons (9.7 million) changed little in July. Over the past 12 months, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons have declined by 1.1 percentage points and 1.7 million, respectively.  And from the […]