Renters around Portland have been paying about 10 percent more than the national average as Bangor and Lewiston renters saw prices drop through 2015. But that doesn’t make up for generally lower income around Bangor and Lewiston.
The company proposing an ambitious plan to turn Maine’s forests into energy haven’t volunteered much about their past experience with such projects, but a regulatory filing made public this week helps shed light on their history.
Data on foreign worker programs shows the specific businesses that want to fill positions with foreign workers, when those jobs would start and end and how much they would pay, among other things.
Real estate activity in Maine dipped slightly in the first quarter of 2017, but it remains generally higher than any point since the deep recession that hit almost a decade ago.
There’s a lot still unknown about the rollout of the commercial marijuana business but there’s interest across the state in capturing part of those new markets.
The unemployment rate hit a historic low in April, at 3 percent flat. That’s lower than it’s ever been in Maine. But the unemployment rate reported each month is just one of six ways that labor economists assess the country’s labor force.
Maine imports of Canadian softwood lumber increased about 60 percent last year, in product categories now subject to tariffs of about 20 percent. But the story behind those increasing imports and reaction to the tariffs get complicated fast.
In the past decade, wind power has gone from less than 1 percent of Maine’s power generation to nearly one-fourth.
Two maps make consultant Eric Kingsley optimistic about the future of Maine’s forest products industry. The first shows the world’s forests. The second shows the lights of the world at night. “There’s one spot and only one spot — and we’re part of it — where forests and markets are on top of each other,” Kingsley said during […]
About one dollar in six of Maine’s $1.56 billion increase in earnings from 2015 to 2016 went to people working in the health care or social assistance industry, according to U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates.