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For Immediate Release

Date: 11/22/13

House Leader: Lowest Unemployment Since '08 a Reflection of Reforms

Pro-growth policies driven by Gov. LePage result in 5-year low of 6.7 percent

AUGUSTA - House Republican Leader Ken Fredette of Newport, on the solemn anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, praised positive news about Maine's economy.

According to the Maine Department of Labor, the state's unemployment rate reached a 5-year low of 6.7 percent in October. The percentage of unemployed Mainers is down from 6.9 percent in September and 7.2 percent one year ago—a full half-point. Maine's unemployment rate is lower than the national average, which stands at 7.3 percent.

"Maine is moving in the right direction thanks to the reforms instituted by Governor LePage over the past three years and Republican majority lawmakers in 2011-2012," said Rep. Fredette. "Gov. LePage has led a sweeping reform of state government, using savings from a 41 percent reduction in welfare rolls to strengthen job placement programs that help unemployed Mainers get back to work."

"When I speak with career professionals at the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and other agencies, I hear about the change of culture that has shaken up the status quo and made state government finally focused on helping small businesses and moving people from welfare to work," said Rep. Fredette. "Governor LePage is keeping his promises to the people of Maine, from reforming state government to paying off our debts, and it shows in this latest news about the unemployment rate."

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