Improving Maine's Economy, Lowest Unemployment Rate Since 2008
From January 2011 to July 2013, Maine's private sector grew by 8,100 jobs, according to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics. The growth may be contributed to a number of initiatives including tax incentives which encourage job creators to invest in Maine and regulatory reform aimed to streamline the licensing and permitting process.
The state's unemployment rate has also declined since January 2011, from nearly 8 percent to 6.8 percent. During the three years, the LePage Administration has focused on developing job skills and training for Mainers searching for work. Under the Governor's leadership, the Maine Jobs Council, now referred to as the State Workforce Investment Board (SWIB), has been restructured to better address workforce development programs.
"Two of my greatest priorities as Governor relate directly to Maine's workforce." Governor LePage said. "We need to ensure students have the skills they need to be productive workers when they graduate, and we must get targeted training to people in the workforce today so that they can be competitive and successful in the job market."