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 […]

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 […]