Maine Should Be Adding Jobs. Our Population Growth Doesn’t Matter Right Now.

September 21, 2012 by

Maine’s population declined in 2009 and 2010. It barely grew at all in 2011. So it makes sense that we don’t have any job growth right? Wrong. We still have to recover 25,000 jobs lost during the recession before population growth matters at all for job growth.

We’ve got about the same number of people we did in 2007, before the recession.

Over the same time period, we’ve lost about 25,000 jobs.

Maine has lost 25K jobs since 2007

So, we should be able to add 25,000 more jobs over the coming years without the population growing at all. We’ve still got an enormous hole to climb out of. At that point, population growth will limit job growth. Right now, it doesn’t.

One Response to “Maine Should Be Adding Jobs. Our Population Growth Doesn’t Matter Right Now.”
  1. Joe says:

    What Maine really needs is an investment mentality. Like it or not property taxes pay most of the bills at the local and county level. Its not just about jobs. Many companies take advantage of undocumented laborers and even documented low cost laborers who are willing to work for low wages because even though it is low by American standards they live well compared to the even lower standards in their home countries.

    So what is the real problem? Are we too greedy and soft or are the wages really too low for a breadwinner to feed their family? Foreign workers team up and rent one dwelling and share small quarters with several others to save money. This allows them to send money home to family and build an investment in their home country.

    Is there a lesson here for us in how we help our neighbors improve their economic situation?

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