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 high-speed broadband is offered in your town

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Data is a big part of the challenge in assessing Maine’s broadband needs. But a federal grant funded a data set handed to state officials last fall, giving a street-by-street look at broadband speeds in Maine. The data, reflecting speeds as of September 2014, shows advertised broadband speeds. And you can search for your town in the view below (perhaps humorously: […]

Looking for a job in Maine? State survey gives clues on where to find work

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In a survey of about 2,400 Maine businesses, the Maine Department of Labor confirmed long-range projections of growing industries, finding the bulk of job vacancies in the state were in health care and social work. In a blog post Friday, the DOL’s Center for Workforce Research and Information rolled out the first look at results from its September […]

Data: A few Maine towns have gotten some Sasquatch-sized snowfall

A replica of Bigfoot, or Sasquatch, at the International Cryptozoology Museum  in Portland, Maine.

This winter, the snow has come fast and deep through the Northeast. While it’s obvious that in Maine, in winter, it’s going to snow, it doesn’t make digging out your car or plowing the dooryard any more fun. And in a few towns, that has meant getting through a mound of snow piling up about as tall as your average Sasquatch […]

If you want to make money on state construction projects, install elevators

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As the governor on Monday announced about $470 million in capital projects, the Department of Labor on Tuesday issued its wage requirements for certain jobs. The prevailing wage figures from the DOL are assessed for each individual state contract worth more than $50,000. They vary by the location of the project, but the statewide averages reflected below give a sense of how […]