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.

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 The NWLC analysis issued Wednesday is based on unpublished annual average wage and salary earnings from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics and reflect […]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 […]

Maine government purchasing power slips

Total state tax collections remained near the highest levels since the recession in the third quarter of last year, but the Pew Charitable Trusts found Maine was among 30 states where state taxes receipts remained below pre-recession levels. The analysis aims to show how the recovery has panned out for state coffers, showing that, collectively, states have 2.5 cents more on every dollar […]