Maine's unemployment rate up slightly

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Labor Department says the state's unemployment rate was 7.7 percent in May, up slightly from 7.6 percent in April.

But the preliminary figures released Friday also say May's rate was lower than 8 percent a year ago. The number of unemployed people in Maine totaled 53,800 in May, down 2,100 from a year ago.

Labor officials say May's unemployment rates were lower than the statewide average in all three metropolitan areas, which encompass the Portland area, Lewiston-Auburn and Bangor.

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Look closer. The numbers from

Look closer.
The numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show some very very troubling trends, , # of workers in Construction, down, transportation and utilities down, professional and business services down, education and health services down, the only sector with a significant increase was leisure and hospitality with an increase, seasonally adjusted, of less than 2000 jobs from April to May. The most troubling number is overall employment in non seasonally adjusted numbers, Maine was lower in May 2011 than in May 2010. lePage is taking us backwards!


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