Stories about Maine Department of Labor


Legislative watchdog committee votes to continue monitoring jobless benefit appeals

By Chris Williams on June 26, 2014, at 3:28 p.m.

Maine’s jobless rate held steady at 5.7% in May

By Darren Fishell on June 20, 2014, at 4:05 p.m.
An employment application is shown at the career center in Bangor in 2011.

Unemployment benefits end for 3,500 long-term jobless Mainers

By Mario Moretto on Dec. 27, 2013, at 4:51 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage

Feds finishing probe into whether LePage pressured labor officers to be more ‘pro-business’

By Chris Williams on Dec. 13, 2013, at 12:10 p.m.

Panel finds Maine Labor Department ‘vastly understaffed’ but no unemployment bias

By Mario Moretto on Dec. 10, 2013, at 4:46 p.m.
People use computers at the state Department of Labor's Career Center in Bangor recently.

Maine can make education-to-work program work

on Dec. 01, 2013, at 11:29 a.m.
Daniel Wathen

Sweeping changes to Maine’s unemployment benefits appeals system urged

By Mario Moretto on Sept. 12, 2013, at 5:42 p.m.
Governor Paul LePage reacts to his overridden budget veto last month in Augusta.

LePage touts new positive jobs data, calls for more employment plans, less spending

By Christopher Cousins on July 18, 2013, at 7:01 p.m.
Jeanne Paquette

Jobless benefits being reduced in Maine as unemployment rate falls

By Whit Richardson on July 02, 2013, at 3:42 p.m.
Cpt. Robert Gross, (foreground) Washington County jail administrator, and Sgt. Karina Richardson, the jail’s clerk, listen to testimony in January during a hearing before the Washington County commissioners. Sheriff Donnie Smith accused his two jail employees of mismanaging funds from an inmate benefits fund and asked that they be fired.

Washington County sheriff appeals unemployment benefits awarded to former jail employees

By Mario Moretto on May 31, 2013, at 7:05 p.m.
Cpt. Robert Gross (foreground), the Washington County Jail administrator, and Sgt. Karina Richardson, the jail’s clerk, listen to testimony on Jan. 17 during a hearing before the Washington County commissioners.

Fired Washington County jail clerk awarded unemployment benefits because purchases followed ‘prevailing practice’

By Sharon Kiley Mack on May 22, 2013, at 3:22 p.m.

Maine jobless rate reaches four-year low

By Whit Richardson on May 17, 2013, at 5:17 p.m.

Maine State Employees Association uses finance chief’s statements to push for raises

By Christopher Cousins on March 05, 2013, at 7:20 p.m.
A portion of the Maine History Labor Mural, by Seal Cove artist Judy Taylor, as it appeared on the walls of the Department of Labor in Augusta before it was ordered removed by Gov. Paul LePage in March 2011.

Labor mural LePage had removed to get new home at Maine State Museum

BDN staff reports on Jan. 13, 2013, at 7:13 p.m.
Lobster traps sit stacked on the Casco Bay Bridge abutment in South Portland on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, with Portland's waterfront behind them. The greater Portland metro area now counts for more than half the state's economic output.

Portland area now accounts for most of state’s economy. What happens to the rest of Maine?

By Whit Richardson on Nov. 23, 2012, at 12:54 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage smiles during a ceremony at the Blaine House in Augusta in April 2012.

LePage declares five towns business-friendly; experts question economic strategy

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 27, 2012, at 7:25 p.m.
Artist Judy Taylor created a series of panels depicting important times in Maine's labor history, and they have been on display at the Maine Department of Labor offices in Augusta since 2008 until Gov. Paul LePage ordered the panels removed.

Labor mural case continues with court appeal of decision in LePage’s favor

By Matthew Stone on July 24, 2012, at 3:42 p.m.
Maine Labor Commissioner Robert Winglass

Out-of-work Mainers hit by federal training cuts

By Mal Leary on June 17, 2012, at 1:33 p.m.
Robert Winglass

Maine Department of Labor says it overbilled feds by $1.3M

The Associated Press on May 11, 2012, at 6:37 p.m.
Robert Winglass

Maine labor comissioner pledges fast implementation of new unemployment fraud law

By Mal Leary on April 18, 2012, at 6 p.m.