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Maine enters recession in wake of virus

Maine enters recession in wake of virus

The coronavirus has caused an “unprecedented” economic downturn in Maine. Spikes in unemployment claims have broken the formulas economists use to predict what may come next. The Maine Monitor spoke with four Maine economists and one finance professor about vulnerabilities in the state economy and how it will get back on track.

The growing crisis in the Maine newspaper industry

The growing crisis in the Maine newspaper industry

For the past two decades, Maine’s newspapers jostled between periods of secular industry decline and widespread economic calamity. From 2000 to 2018, six in 10 newspaper publishing jobs have disappeared and wages have grown sluggishly at best. Only paper mills, semiconductor manufacturers, wood-product makers and vocational rehabilitation service providers shed jobs at a faster rate.

Another death in the family

Another death in the family

Employees, readers and neighbors remember the Biddeford Journal Tribune, which closed last week after 135 years of publishing local news in York County.

Seamlessly working

Seamlessly working

Hiring immigrants has been a great experience for one Westbrook employer who says it’s just taken some accommodation and patience – from both sides

A daunting maze of barriers

A daunting maze of barriers

Maine’s got plenty of immigrants who want jobs and an abundance of jobs to fill. But it’s not as easy as it seems to put those two things together.

Upstream Battle

Upstream Battle

The prospect of having the world’s largest indoor salmon farm in their city has divided Belfast residents. Many are concerned about environmental impacts, others see much-needed tax relief.

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