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For Immediate Release

Date: 12/20/13

Unemployment Plunges Again Thanks to Republican Reforms

First slew of major reforms in over 30 years represents brighter future for Maine

AUGUSTA - House Republicans on Friday lauded news from the Maine Department of Labor that the state's unemployment rate has dropped yet again, to 6.4 percent in November, down from 6.7 percent in October and 7.2 percent one year ago.

"We have a long way to go and many folks are still struggling, but this latest significant drop in unemployment is proof that reform is working," said House Republican Leader Ken Fredette of Newport. "Maine's economy has been stagnating since well before the Great Recession, thanks in large part to the one-party rule that defended the status quo for too long. Now we're seeing what pro-growth reforms can do for our state."

The percentage of Mainers who are employed has increased over the past three years, even as the nation's has stayed largely unchanged.

"Democrats want to take Maine off the path of reform and raise taxes, increase welfare spending, and ignore our debts," added Assistant House Republican Leader Alex Willlette of Mapleton. "Young people like me want to see long-term reforms that make our state a great place to build a career for decades to come. We have a lot left to do but today's numbers show that we're starting off on the right foot."

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