November 23, 2017
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Maine Development Foundation Releases Quarterly Jobs Report

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Tracks the top occupations and sectors hiring; skills and degrees most in demand

Augusta, ME – The Maine Development Foundation (MDF) today released the first of what will be quarterly jobs reports titled “Jobs in Maine: Online Job Postings by Industry, Occupation, Skills, and Education.” The report covers the first two quarters of the year, and the organization plans to continue the series. The data is culled from thousands of online job listings and social media sites. MDF partnered with John Dorrer, Senior Advisor for Jobs for the Future and former Acting Commissioner and Director of the Center for Workforce Research and Information of the Maine Department of Labor.

“The quality and productivity of our workforce is critical for Maine’s success, and the more information we have about what’s going on, particularly in real time, the greater impact we can have collectively,” said Maggie Drummond-Bahl, Program Director who worked with Dorrer on the report. “This data provides insight into the jobs employers are advertising right now in Maine, and the skills, experience and, in some cases, degrees that employers are seeking.”

The report shows that Hospitals had the most jobs advertised during the first half of the year, and that Registered Nursing was the occupation with the most postings. Other top occupations included retail salespeople, direct supervisors of salespeople, wholesale and manufacturing sales workers, and customer service representatives. Also showing up in the top 20 occupations were some higher-wage more specialized positions, including software developers, physicians, and accountants, for example, each with several hundred positions advertised in the first half of the year. More than half of the top 20 degrees that Maine employers were looking for were STEM-related, or science, technology, engineering and math.

In the short term, Maine job listings seem to be consistent with what other states and the rest of the country are projected to experience. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the occupations that are projected to have the largest numbers of positions available are Registered Nurses and Retail Salespeople. (

Said John Dorrer, “Understanding the workings of the labor market is essential if we are to effectively guide human capital investments. Today labor markets are complex and dynamic and consequently, require new data and perspectives for analysis. The Maine Development Foundation Jobs Report provides vital data for helping to shape Maine’s future.”

“Maine’s workforce is a source of great pride, and a source of great challenge,” Maine State Chamber President Dana F. Connors observes. “The dedication of our people is unparalleled, but for Maine businesses to succeed in the global economy, they will need both quantity and quality. This report does well at outlining the current needs of employers, as well as the expected qualifications for those openings. This report will also assist us in welcoming immigrant, veteran, and disabled workers to the workforce, as well as encouraging the pursuit of skills training and the completion of college degrees.”

The full report can be found on the MDF website at

About Maine Development Foundation: MDF is a private, non profit, non partisan organization that focuses on sustainable, long-term economic growth for Maine. MDF believes that productivity is key to our economic success, and we prioritize four areas of focus in our work: education & training, health & wellness, innovation & entrepreneurship, and engagement of new and disengaged populations in our workforce.