Analysis: Maine job growth fails expectations

Posted Oct. 23, 2011, at 10:12 a.m.
Workers enter the Fraser Papers mill in Madawaska during a shift change last year. Declines in manufacturing jobs have lead to a stalled job growth picture in Maine.
John Clarke Russ | BDN
Workers enter the Fraser Papers mill in Madawaska during a shift change last year. Declines in manufacturing jobs have lead to a stalled job growth picture in Maine.

PORTLAND, Maine — An analysis of Maine employment figures shows that expectations of job gains in the state this year won’t be realized.

The Maine Sunday Telegram says the 6,000 jobs state economists projected would be added to Maine’s economy in the latter half of 2011 never materialized. It says job growth has stalled as modest gains in health care and education failed to make up for losses in construction and manufacturing.

Glenn Mills, economic director of Maine’s Center for Workforce Research and Information, says nonfarm job numbers have remained flat at about 597,900 since September 2010 and conditions aren’t likely to improve soon.

State economists say Maine’s job picture has been flat since the start of the economic decline in late 2007 and it shows no signs of near-term recovery.

 

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