Stories about Maine Department of Labor
on March 28, 2011, at 12:39 a.m.
The New York Times editorial board added its voice to the national criticism aimed at Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s order to remove a mural of the state’s labor history from the Maine Department of Labor. In a Monday editorial titled, The Times said: “Gov. Paul LePage of Maine has stooped …
By Jeff Tuttle on March 25, 2011, at 1:22 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — More than 250 demonstrators crowded into the offices of the Maine Department of Labor on Friday morning to protest Gov. Paul LePage’s planned removal of a labor-themed mural from the building’s lobby. The small lobby that houses the actual mural, however, was no match for the crowd, …
BDN staff and wire reports on March 10, 2011, at 6:08 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Department of Labor says the preliminary jobless rate for January was 7.5 percent, unchanged from the revised figure for December. Officials say the figure dropped nearly 1 percentage point from a level of 8.4 percent a year ago. The total number of unemployed was 52,300, …
By Andrew Neff on Feb. 11, 2011, at 2:53 p.m.
The state’s rapidly aging work force is posing serious challenges — as well as opportunities — for employers as they confront a steep decline in the number of younger Mainers ready to punch the clock. Meanwhile, older workers — experienced and healthier than ever — are facing their own challenges …
By Kevin Miller on Feb. 09, 2011, at 12:30 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage announced two more nominees to fill cabinet posts on Wednesday morning. LePage nominated Chandler Woodcock, a former legislator and one-time gubernatorial hopeful, to serve as commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Cheryl Russell, a consultant whose family is in the …
By Mal Leary on Nov. 21, 2010, at 7:05 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — At the beginning of the new year, Maine employers will face a tax increase that will enable the state’s unemployment trust fund to pay unemployment benefits, the state’s principal safety net program. “There will be an increase, up one level,” said Maine Department of Labor Commissioner Laura …
The Associated Press on Nov. 15, 2010, at 6:59 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Thousands of Maine residents will lose their unemployment benefits during the next few months, unless Congress acts before the end of the month to extend them as it has in the past to help those hit by the recession, Maine’s labor commissioner told lawmakers Monday. “If Congress …
By Mal Leary on Oct. 23, 2010, at 1:53 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Every month, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics surveys households across the country to determine the unemployment rate. But they collect data far beyond the question of being out of work and looking for work, which is the monthly measure that often makes headlines. “It is very …
By Kevin Miller on Oct. 08, 2010, at 8:16 p.m.
Only 56 more people were working in Maine at the end of 2009 than there were a decade earlier
The Associated Press on June 18, 2010, at 3:25 p.m.
State Labor Commissioner Laura Fortman says Maine's unemployment in May was 8 percent, down slightly from April's revised rate 8.1 percent.
By Mal Leary on May 28, 2010, at 11:07 p.m.
About 2,700 Mainers will get notices from the state Department of Labor next week that their unemployment benefits are ending because Congress failed to pass an extension before taking a week off over the Memorial Day holiday.
By Kevin Miller on April 25, 2010, at 8:09 p.m.
BRISTOL, Maine — Lincoln County Democrats recognized state Labor Commissioner Laura Fortman’s efforts on behalf of Maine workers Friday during an award ceremony named for the first woman to hold a Cabinet seat in a presidential administration.
By Mal Leary on March 29, 2010, at 8:28 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — State labor department officials estimate more than 3,800 Mainers will lose unemployment benefits after next week, and more will follow after Congress failed to act to extend …
By Mal Leary on Nov. 30, 2009, at 7:56 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine employers will see a $54 million increase in the taxes they pay to fund the unemployment insurance system starting in January.
By Kevin Miller on Nov. 13, 2009, at 7:38 p.m.
The U.S. Department of Labor has charged two northern Maine logging contractors with violating federal labor laws.
Bangor Daily News on Nov. 08, 2009, at 11:37 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Members of Gov. John Baldacci’s Joint Task Force on Employee Misclassification will be in Bangor today to receive comments from workers, businesses and the general public on the …
By Mal Leary on Nov. 08, 2009, at 9:32 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — More than 2,000 Mainers who have exhausted their unemployment insurance benefits will get new aid within weeks, after President Obama signed the latest benefits extension into law …
By Mal Leary on Aug. 09, 2009, at 8:58 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — With the recession continuing, hundreds of Mainers have exhausted all of their unemployment benefits and hundreds more are expected to run out by the time Congress ends its vacation after Labor Day.
By Kevin Miller on Aug. 06, 2009, at 9:04 p.m.
TOWNSHIP 16, RANGE 14, Maine — The two pickup trucks had been jostling down logging roads near the northernmost tip of Maine for about half an hour when a radio inside the cab crackled with the sound of someone speaking French.
By Kevin Miller on July 22, 2009, at 7:34 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The ongoing recession has officially depleted Maine’s financial reserves and continues to drive the state’s unemployment rate higher, state officials told a legislative …