Maine Jobs Recovery Continues to Trail the Nation and New England

December 19, 2014 by

Beyond the good news, bad news stories of businesses expanding or shuttering are broader trends that affirm a critical challenge that too many Maine families are facing: there just aren’t enough good paying jobs to go around. Today’s Maine jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) calls attention to this fact.

For the month of November, Maine’s unemployment rate is 5.7%, roughly the same as the national … Read the rest

Maine’s Injured and Disabled Workers: A Humanitarian Challenge and an Economic Opportunity

December 15, 2014 by

Workers hurt on the job have no lobby in the State House, so little fanfare accompanied the Bureau of Labor Statistics release on workplace injury this week. But of the states submitting data, Maine’s rate of worksite injury is the highest in the nation: 5.3 injuries or work-related illnesses for every 100 workers. Nineteen Maine workers died on the job in 2013. This data means a lot for … Read the rest

In States Refusing Federal Coverage Funds, Rural Hospitals Pay the Price

December 1, 2014 by

Fifteen hundred hospital beds have vanished in rural America since 2010. The cause of the disappearing beds is no mystery:  rural hospitals are closing – and at a quickening pace.  Federal sequestration cuts and lower reimbursements from public and private insurers have hit U.S. hospitals’ bottom lines with a one-two punch.  But rural hospitals are hit particularly hard, because they are caught in a vise where they serve higher rates Read the rest