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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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Unemployment Survival Tips(1)

Build your own couch-cushion cubicle today!
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By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  July 20, 2012
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Review: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

The Pruitt-Igoe projects in St. Louis were supposed to be a means for poor farmers and field workers to find big-city opportunities.
On the sabotage of the American dream
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 06, 2012
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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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Do the fight thing

Union flags were flown, loud music roared, and fleets of motorcycles rumbled, as several thousand people marched for civil rights and human dignity, and, in at least one case, to scold moguls for banking gross salaries at the expense of workers.
Bostonians rising in anger -- and action -- against ableism, racism, Verizon, and Fox News
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 12, 2011


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Mobility unemployeds

Medicare is reducing benefits for mobility scooters, but there is an alternative ...
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By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  August 12, 2011
By the numbers: 25 more depressing statistics about how shitty the economy is

By the numbers: 25 more depressing statistics about how shitty the economy is


With increasing signs that the economy is laboring, most economists agree that a short-term infusion of spending, or an extension of this year's temporary cut...
By Pro Publica  |  August 02, 2011
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Dirty 'work'

When I saw your " Out of Work " article (March 11), with its huge, awesome photograph and a title and subject I could relate to, I immediately picked up the paper.
Letters to the Boston editor, April 1, 2011
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 01, 2011
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Two years ? and counting ? of job-seeking takes a massive toll

Just over two years ago, I lost my job. I knew what was happening the moment my boss's eyes broke contact with mine to glance outside his office window. Then he broke the news to me: after 13 years in the logistics industry, I was out of work in the mi
One New England family man tells the story of his decline — spiritually, emotionally, physically.
By AUTHOR'S NAME WITHHELD TO PROTECT PRIVACY  |  March 11, 2011

Out of work

Two years ago last week, I lost my job. This account of my experience is culled from my journal.
Two years — and counting — of job-seeking take a massive toll. One Maine family man tells the story of his decline — spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically.
By AUTHOR'S NAME WITHHELD TO PROTECT PRIVACY  |  February 25, 2011


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Unemployment Survival Tips

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By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  September 17, 2010
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The true source of the unemployment crisis

Leeching weasels, beware.
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  July 23, 2010
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The Great Unemployment Spill

Get a job, you lazy animals!
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By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  June 25, 2010
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Scott Brown slashing jobs, not adding them

When he campaigned to retain existing and deliver new employment opportunities for commonwealth residents, Senator Scott Brown was apparently making no promises to urban teens.
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By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 30, 2010

Human-rights campaigner to tour Maine

On the heels of news that Maine's unemployment rate is on the rise (2600 jobs were lost here in February), the state will host one of the nation's most powerful speakers on economic human rights this week.
Ending poverty
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 01, 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