All posts by Darren Fishell

Darren Fishell

About Darren Fishell

Darren is a Portland-based reporter for the Bangor Daily News writing about the Maine economy and business. He's interested in putting economic data in context and finding the stories behind the numbers.

Cold winter didn’t sap Maine maple syrup production

Maine produced more maple syrup in 2015 than the previous year, despite a bitterly cold winter that shortened the average number of harvesting days for Maine taps. Maine was again behind Vermont and New York for syrup production, holding fast to third place in the country for maple syrup output, producing about 553,000 gallons last year. That’s a little more than […]

Where the sun does shine (and generate power) in Maine

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Maine doesn’t have any grid-scale solar projects online, but it does punch above its weight for installed solar capacity, according to one database. I took a look at those state-level figures for a story on Maine Beer Co.’s recently installed solar arrays in Freeport and the town’s broader effort to get a batch of businesses to go in together on […]

Where the most Maine businesses are going it alone

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Per capita, Knox County is Maine’s capital for solo business owners. Census figures released Thursday show businesses that have no employees, by county. For every 100 people, Knox County has 12.7 businesses with no employees, most of which are sole proprietorships. Hancock and Lincoln counties are close behind. The census bureau excludes these businesses from its data for their relatively small economic impact […]

Report: Women make up 70 percent of Maine’s minimum wage workers

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Analysis by the National Women’s Law Center estimated women in Maine make up a disproportionate share of the state’s minimum wage workers, putting it among the six states with the highest such gap. The NWLC analysis issued Wednesday is based on unpublished annual average wage and salary earnings from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics and reflect […]

Maine exports to China, Japan have declined over past two years

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A trade delegation from Maine will head to China and Japan later this year, hoping to bolster trade where it has been on the decline in recent years. The drop in 2014 was due mostly to declines in paper-related exports, like wood pulp. That’s appeared to turn around so far in the first two months of 2015 […]

Women make up less than a quarter of Maine’s top earners

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It’s Equal Pay Day, when the national gap in earnings between men and women (in all its various forms) takes center stage. The Pew Research Center reported today that the pay gap appears to be shrinking among younger women, at a rate The Washington Post projected would eliminate the pay gap in Maine by about 2057. Maine’s disparity in pay is about 3 […]