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Maine’s Weak Jobs Recovery

There’s a simple reason the story of a rebounding jobs market hasn’t been told: Four years after the end of the recession, Maine’s economy is weak and its unemployment rate is high.
 One Cent's Worth
By ZACK ANCHORS  |  September 11, 2013
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New Careers for the New Economy

There are jobs out there, waiting for the desperate.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  December 28, 2012
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Saving the ProJo

When I interviewed for a job as a reporter at the Providence Journal in early 2007, there was still a whiff of innovation about the place.
Why the paper is falling apart — and how to bring it back
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 30, 2012

Occupying skepticism

I applaud the efforts of the Occupy Movement to organize for change, and feel Lincoln Park is less interesting now that its tent city is gone.
Letters to the Portland Phoenix editors, October 26, 2012
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 26, 2012
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Job consultant

Your resume is strong.
Hoopleville
By DAVID KISH  |  September 07, 2012
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For Cherie King, paid employment doesn't bring shelter

According to a 2011 survey by the US Department of Mayors, Boston's homelessness rate is in moderate decline. Still, the plight of the working, struggling people on the street remains a real one.
The working homeless
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 09, 2012


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A non-traditional career pioneer lives right here in Maine

Dale McCormick knows this fight.
Paving the way
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 09, 2012
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Vocational education opens new opportunities for all students

Walk around the cavernous "hard trades" wing of the Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) — which houses the auto-mechanic, carpentry, and welding programs, among others — and you're bound to witness a hubbub of activity, the bubbling-over en
Blue collar girls
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 09, 2012
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Joey gets to work

Yes, Joey quit. But he's plenty busy now.
Labor Relations
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 09, 2011

The wrong words

In the past month, a political action committee called Putting Maine To Work has sent me so many brochures that I no longer need to worry about putting myself to work.
Putting Maine To Work's approach
By AL DIAMON  |  November 11, 2011
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Obama’s jobs plan is a step in the right direction

President Barack Obama's September 8 speech outlining his new jobs program — and the tax policies needed to finance it — was a sign of hope.
Notes on class warfare
By EDITORIAL  |  September 23, 2011


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In a job-starved economy, casinos are still a good bet

As Beacon Hill considers — yet again — an expanded gaming proposal, some say that the opportunity has passed. We disagree, and continue to support a carefully crafted plan for bringing resort casinos to Massachusetts.
The issue provoked a rare show of common purpose on Beacon Hill
By EDITORIAL  |  September 02, 2011
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Mobility unemployeds

Medicare is reducing benefits for mobility scooters, but there is an alternative ...
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  August 12, 2011
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Jesse Eisenberg and Nick Swardson get to work

Following his star turn as a ruthless, if socially awkward, billionaire in David Fincher's The Social Network, Jesse Eisenberg returns to the screen as a downtrodden pizza delivery boy-man in Ruben Fleischer's 30 Minutes or Less. Nick Swardson plays Eis
Teen dreams
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 12, 2011
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It's a reasonable bet that gaming could once again gridlock Beacon Hill

Gaming bills have plagued the last two legislative sessions on Beacon Hill.
Slow play
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 01, 2011

Protect teachers' pensions

Our governor proposes more money for K-12 education, no cuts in funding for higher education, and increased funding for Medicaid. Good for almost everyone. He also promises to lower the personal state income tax for upper-income earners, and to eliminat
Letters to the Portland Editor, February 25, 2011
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  February 25, 2011


Talk time

The state's largest newspaper company is about to negotiate its contract with its employees. With workers seeking a share of the company's newfound profitability, and owner Richard Connor striving mightily to stay in the black, this could go very smooth
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 11, 2011
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LePage's secret puppeteers

It was no surprise that Governor Paul LePage would seek to reform Maine's environmental regulations.
How the governor outsourced his regulatory-reform efforts to corporate lobbyists
By COLIN WOODARD  |  February 11, 2011

Piercing pride, diving into drinks, and Facebook fanatics

I am 18 and am currently in the midst of the search for my first job. I have three facial piercings and I am wondering if this will be detrimental in landing a job ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  January 07, 2011
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Granola with a conscience

With all those honey-flavored oats and nuts, granola is tempting enough for Rhode Island's neo-hippie set. But add a scoop of goodwill to the mix and you invite a veritable stampede of Birkenstocks.
Munchies
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  November 26, 2010

Vote for casinos in Maine

If you're opposed to casinos in Maine, there's one way to make certain the state won't be overrun with noxious gambling emporiums sucking up every dollar of disposable income we have left: vote in favor of every single one of them.
Hit the jackpot
By AL DIAMON  |  October 22, 2010


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Caprio's Clinton fixation

It was the highlight of Democrat Frank Caprio's bid for governor: an endorsement by Bill Clinton before an enormous American flag at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
The gubernatorial hopeful is running an ‘It’s The Economy, Stupid’ campaign. But will the centrist approach work in a liberal-leaning state?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 22, 2010
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The true source of the unemployment crisis

Leeching weasels, beware.
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  July 23, 2010

Getting what you deserve


Good news for local food and service workers, hotel staffers, and others who toil especially hard in Portland during the warmer months: There's a new...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  April 08, 2010

How the stimulus package will help Maine


Direct from the White House Media Affairs Office, here's a breakdown of how the American Recovery an...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  February 04, 2009
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Budgeting your time

There are two possible reasons Friday is the best day of the week for a college student.
For students, part-time jobs mean pocket money, freedom, scheduling conflicts, and stress
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  January 08, 2009


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BHO's no FDR

As we enter a new year, a new administration, and indeed a new era, the advice most given to Barack Obama is model your presidency after that of Franklin D. Roosevelt's.
Nor should he aspire to be because, trite but true, things are very different now
By STEVEN STARK  |  December 30, 2008

Letters to the Portland editor: October 31, 2008

We have several great colleges and universities in this area graduating hundreds of highly educated professionals each year. However, we continuously fail to retain these talented young people because we don’t have jobs to keep them here.
Get creative
By  |  October 29, 2008