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59,000 Mainers get raises with New Year's hike in minimum wage


Approximately 59,000 Mainers received a direct wage increase on New Year's Day as Maine's minimum wage grew to $10 per hour, a $1 hourly increase over last year.

Maine unemployment rate remains historically low


Maine’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.3% for November was down slightly from 3.5% for October and 3.8% a year ago. The number of unemployed was down 3,600 over the year to 23,100.

2017 Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign well above target

Renee Cordes |

The 2017 Maine-Hire-A-Vet Campaign had led to 217 hires by 147 employers, according to preliminary figures as of Dec. 20.

An army of workers: Maine employers tap into veteran talent pool

Renee Cordes |

Scarborough native Tim Smith joined the military right out of high school and now serves in the Army National Guard while managing a fleet of liquid-fuel delivery drivers for Dead River...

Gender disparity: Employers aim for equality, but differences persist

Laurie Schreiber |

Let's say a woman takes a break from her career to take on a different job — having and caring for children. That often means she missed out on advancement opportunities, and...

How To: Implement a successful workplace wellness program

Diane Abramson |

A well-designed workplace wellness program can significantly reduce employer health care costs while increasing employee retention, motivation and morale. Wellness programs have been...

Things to consider before transferring your business to a worker cooperative

Carrie Yardley, Yardley Esq. PLLC |

Q: I own a small business and want to retire in a few years. I would like to see the business continue, and my employees keep their jobs. I keep hearing about...

Female-only co-working space opens in Portland

CoworkHERS, a co-working space for female tenants only, opened its doors in Portland.

Goodwill Job Connection expands to Augusta; 100% of placements still employed


Goodwill Industries of Northern New England has expanded its Job Connection program, which provides both workforce and social support for job seekers, to Augusta.

Municipalities prepare for workforce 'silver tsunami'

As the state faces a workforce shortage due to aging demographics, the Maine Municipal Association is gearing up to provide tools to Maine towns and cities so they can attract younger workers and...