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More than 295 Veterans, Military Family Members Hired through annual Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 09:00:40 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 8, 2018 Media Contacts: Laura Hudson, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

AUGUSTA-Employers participating in 2017's Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign hired 296 veterans and military family members during its 100-day initiative. One-hundred-and-fifty-four employers from all 16 Maine counties participated in the campaign, with an average placement wage reported of $23.16 per hour. The campaign launched last Labor Day and ended December 13, 2017. Final numbers were collected into January due to the length of hiring processes for those who applied within the 100-day period.

"Maine's Hire-A Vet campaign continues to successfully educate employers about the value veterans bring to our workforce," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Ann and I fully support Hire-A-Vet. We want our veterans and military families who have given so much to our nation to return home to good-paying careers that appreciate the skills developed by service in the Armed Forces."

The campaign provides support for employers to expand the hiring of veterans, including a network of state and federal agencies, resources and nonprofits, education on military language and culture, assistance with recruiting, hiring, assimilation and retention, and recognition for the hiring and advancement of veterans.

The 2017 campaign's numbers were an increase over the 2016 campaign by six participating employers (148 in 2016), 101 hires (195 in 2016), and reported wages of plus $0.93 per hour ($22.23 in 2016).

Of the 296 total hires, 275 were veterans and 21 were military family members. Women veteran hires were 52 of the 275 reported (roughly 20 percent). Female veterans make up 10 percent of Maine's total veteran population.

Participating employers were not required to hire veterans or military family members they interviewed in order to be a part of the campaign.

Veterans' employment representatives available throughout Maine CareerCenters can visit employers to assist them in finding qualified veterans and provide information on the benefits of hiring veterans. Employers or veterans can contact the Maine Department of Labor's Veterans' Program Manager Auta Main at (207) 623-7975 or auta.m.main@maine.gov for more information or contact their closest Maine CareerCenter. Services offered to veterans through Maine CareerCenters are also available to their military family members at no cost. A list of CareerCenters is available at www.mainecareercenter.gov.

The Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign is co-sponsored by Maine Department of Labor and its CareerCenters, Maine Bureau of Veterans Services, Boots2Roots, Easter Seals and its Veterans Count program, Live+Work in Maine, Transition Assistance Advisors, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) - Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E), VA Office of Rural Health, and Veterans Inc.. All partners focused on recruiting both veterans, military family members, and employers.

Maine CareerCenters are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.



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February Programs for Job Seekers at the York County CareerCenter

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 09:29:32 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 1, 2018Contact: Dawn Self-Cooper, York County CareerCenter, 207-324-5460Media Contact: Laura Hudson, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009SPRINGVALE-The York County CareerCenter, located at 9 Bodwell Court in Springvale, continues its workshop programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability."2017 was a tremendous year for our economy, with all-time highs in the number of private sector jobs reported and an historic unemployment rate of 3.0 in December," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "What this means for job seekers, is there are jobs out there to be had. You don't have to search alone. No-cost workshops, career counseling, and free computer and Internet use to find work are some of the resources available at Maine CareerCenters. You may even be eligible for free training. I encourage you to visit mainecareercenter.gov to learn more."CareerCenters can assist businesses by offering workshops on location, at local businesses or other organizations at no cost. The following workshops and programs will be held at the CareerCenter in Springvale unless otherwise noted.**Monthly Job Fair - Monday, February 26, 1 to 4 p.m.**Explore your next employment opportunity. Representatives from several companies will be at the York County CareerCenter interviewing for current openings. Please visit http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/employment/jobfairs.shtml for a list of participating employers. The list will be updated as employers confirm attendance. No appointment required.**Essentials of College Planning Workshop - Mondays, February 5 and 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.**A FREE interactive workshop that outlines the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career planning, and study skills. The workshop lasts approximately two to three hours. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited, please call Karen Hadley Keim at 1-800-281-3703 or 581-3736 to register or visit Maine Educational Opportunity Center's website, meoc.maine.edu.**Resume and Interview Coaching - Tuesday, February 20, 9 a.m. to 12:00 noon**Your resume is your marketing tool that helps you land the all-important interview. Join us and learn the dos and don'ts of resume writing and how to stand out in a positive way. Then we'll show you how to emphasize your skills and motivate the interviewer to hire you. Call 324-5460 today to reserve a seat.**GATEways to Employment - Wednesday, February 21, 9 a.m. to 12:00 noon**Join this workshop for a basic overview of CareerCenter Services as well as resume, interview and job search skills. Gateway to Employment gives an overview of basic information on Resumes, Interviews and Job Search skills as well as CareerCenter and community resources available to you during your job search. Seats are limited, please call 324-5460 to register.**Career Exploration Workshop - Thursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23**This extensive and informative workshop will be offered to Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Clients at the Springvale CareerCenter. Vocational Rehabilitation clients will be able to explore a variety of career paths, and research the required skills needed for these careers. Registration through Vocational Rehabilitation is required. Please call 822-3300 and ask for Vocational Rehabilitation to register.**Employer Recruitments for Janaury at the York County CareerCenter - please check our website for additions and updates.**- CoWorx and MASIS - Wednesdays, February 7, 14, 21 and 28, noon to 3:00 p.m. Current openings in Sanford, Biddeford, Saco and Portland areas. No appointment is required. Please bring two valid forms of I.D. Schedule is subject to change. Visit our website for updates and additions. **York County CareerCenter will also feature several sessions led by these partner organizations in February:****Workforce Solutions** administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). Certain eligibility requirements app[...]



February Programs for Job Seekers and Employers at the Greater Portland CareerCenter

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 13:00:13 EST

For Immediate Release: January 31, 2018Contact: Dawn Self-Cooper, Greater Portland CareerCenter, 822-3372Media Contact: Laura Hudson, Maine Department of Labor, 626-6232PORTLAND-The Greater Portland CareerCenter announces February programs for job seekers, those who are considering training for a new career, and employers in need of workers."2017 was a tremendous year for our economy, with all-time highs in the number of private sector jobs reported and an historic unemployment rate of 3.0 in December," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "What this means for job seekers, is there are jobs out there to be had. You don't have to search alone. No-cost workshops, career counseling, and free computer and Internet use to find work are some of the resources available at Maine CareerCenters. You may even be eligible for free training. I encourage you to visit mainecareercenter.gov to learn more."Events are held at the Greater Portland CareerCenter, located at 151 Jetport Boulevard in Portland, unless otherwise noted. Maine veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs.**Job Fair at the Greater Portland CareerCenter - Wednesday, February 7, 12 noon to 3 p.m.**Approximately 30 employers that are recruiting will be available to meet job seekers, accept resumes, and discuss current open positions. Come dressed for success and bring copies of your resume! View an exhibitor list under "Job Fairs" at http://www.mainecareercenter.gov . Available positions are also posted online at http://www.maine.gov/joblink . **Career Exploration Workshop (CEW) for Current Vocational Rehabilitation Clients**- Required Pre-Assessment: Thursday, February 1- Two-Day Workshop: Monday, February 5 to Wednesday, February 6Vocational Rehabilitation clients will be able to explore a variety of career paths and research the required skills needed for these careers. Registration through Vocational Rehabilitation is required. Please call 822-3300 and ask for Vocational Rehabilitation to register.**Resume Information Seminar - Fridays, February 2 and 16, 9 to 11 a.m.**This not-to-be-missed workshop will teach you how to write a dynamic resume. It provides you with the tools to promote and target your qualifications to directly match the employer's needs. You will learn how to ensure that your resume and cover letter make the best first impression to employers. Registration is required as the workshops fill quickly. Please call the Reception desk at 822-3300 to register.**Essentials of College Planning for Adults - Tuesday, February 6, 13, 20 and 27, by Appointment Only**Discuss college and trade schools in our region, entrance requirements, readiness and transitional issues, admission issues and financial aid. Bring your 2017 Federal Tax Return and your High School or GED Transcripts (if available). Contact Randi Paine at 1-800-281-3703 to register.**Unemployed Professional Group - Tuesday, February 6, 13, 20 and 27, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon**The Unemployed Professional Group offers real-time networking, professional advice, current information as to what employers are looking for in resumes, invitations to networking events, and contacts for the "hidden job market". This workshop is a great resource for the unemployed, under-employed, and employers seeking individuals looking for work. It is a great tool for career exploration. Join us for the kind of networking where every Tuesday morning brings something special to the group. No registration is required.**Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Orientation - Wednesdays, February 14 and 28, 10 to 11:30 a.m.**This program assists eligible individuals with disabilities to prepare for, obtain, and maintain viable employment. The orientation provides persons with disabilities information and services to assist them to overcome barriers to employment. Assistance with job search and job placement is also discussed. If interested, please call 822-3300 and ask to speak with the Counselor of the Day to sign up. Alternatively, you can view a video of the or[...]



February Programs for Job Seekers at the Wilton CareerCenter

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 12:07:20 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 31, 2018

Contact: Pat Curtiss, Wilton CareerCenter, (207) 645-5831

Media Contact: Laura Hudson, Department of Labor, (207) 621-5009

WILTON-For those who are looking to make a change in careers or get a new job, the Wilton CareerCenter will be offering a variety of programs for job seekers in February. All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 645-5800.

"2017 was a tremendous year for our economy, with all-time highs in the number of private sector jobs reported and an historic unemployment rate of 3.0 in December," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "What this means for job seekers, is there are jobs out there to be had. You don't have to search alone. No-cost workshops, career counseling, and free computer and Internet use to find work are some of the resources available at Maine CareerCenters. You may even be eligible for free training. I encourage you to visit mainecareercenter.gov to learn more."

**Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation - Thursday, February 1, 9 to 10:30 a.m.**

This is an orientation for people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Orientations are held the first Thursday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required.

**MEOC-101-Essentials of College Planning - Thursday, February 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.**

This workshop introduces people to educational opportunities in general and MEOC services in particular. This interactive workshop touches on the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career and study skills. The Financial Aid portion of this workshop will provide an overview of financial basics and the completion of the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please call to pre-register: 1-800-281-3703 for this session.

**Rumford Area - Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation - Wednesday, February 21, Region 9 School of Applied Technology, 377 River Rd, Mexico, 2 to 4 p.m.**

This is an orientation for people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Orientations are held the third Wednesday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required.

**Small Business Trainings**

Small Business Administration will be offering three different workshops:

- "Starting Your Own Small Business"

- "Access to Capital"

- "Federal and State Resources for Small Business"

Most of these Workshops are two hours long. For more information please call Bill Card at 207-622-8555

**About the CareerCenter**

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O*Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

Call 645-5800 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops held at the CareerCenter. The CareerCenter, located at 865 U.S. Rt. 2E Wilton, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.gov .

Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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February Programs for Job Seekers at the Presque Isle CareerCenter

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 12:05:35 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 31, 2018

Contact: Patty Perry, Presque Isle CareerCenter, 207-760-6300

Media Contact: Laura Hudson, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009

PRESQUE ISLE - The Presque Isle CareerCenter announces February programs for job seekers and those who are considering training for a new career.

"2017 was a tremendous year for our economy, with all-time highs in the number of private sector jobs reported and an historic unemployment rate of 3.0 in December," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "What this means for job seekers, is there are jobs out there to be had. You don't have to search alone. No-cost workshops, career counseling, and free computer and Internet use to find work are some of the resources available at Maine CareerCenters. You may even be eligible for free training. I encourage you to visit mainecareercenter.gov to learn more."

Job seekers and businesses interested in connecting with one another can also like the CareerCenter on Facebook. Events are held at the Presque Isle CareerCenter, located at 66 Spruce Street, unless otherwise noted. Maine Veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs.

**Creating Winning Resumes - Fridays, February 2, 9, 16 and 23, 9:00 a.m.**

Learn how to create a professional resume and walk out the door with one in hand.

**Financial Aid - Tuesdays, February 6, 13, 20 and 27, 9 a.m.**

Get assistance with college planning and financial aid. Pre-register at 1-800-281-3703 to register or visit http://meoc.maine.edu.

**About the CareerCenter**

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O'Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

Call 207-760-6300 or 1-800-635-0357 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops held at the CareerCenter. The CareerCenter, located at 66 Spruce Street in Presque Isle, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also find more information at the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.gov .

Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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February Programs for Job Seekers at the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 12:09:55 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 31, 2018Contact: Leon Ouimet, Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 207-373-4000Media Contact: Laura Hudson, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009BRUNSWICK - The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter in Brunswick continues its series of workshops and programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability."2017 was a tremendous year for our economy, with all-time highs in the number of private sector jobs reported and an historic unemployment rate of 3.0 in December," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "What this means for job seekers, is there are jobs out there to be had. You don't have to search alone. No-cost workshops, career counseling, and free computer and Internet use to find work are some of the resources available at Maine CareerCenters. You may even be eligible for free training. I encourage you to visit mainecareercenter.gov to learn more."The following workshops and programs are free to the public and will be held at the CareerCenter in Brunswick unless otherwise noted. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone.For more information on any of the CareerCenters programs, visit http://www.mainecareercenter.gov or call 207-373-4000.**Career Directions / Putting the Pieces Together-Wednesday, February 7, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.**Explores your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivation and how each transfer to today's job market.**Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop-Wednesday, February 14, 9 a.m. to 12 noon**Covers the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter. **Career Exploration Workshop-Wednesday, February 14, Thursday, February 15, and Friday, February 16**An extensive and informative three-day workshop offered to enrolled Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) clients to explore a variety of career paths and research the required skills needed for those careers. Registration through Vocational Rehabilitation is required. Please call 373-4018 for more information.**Effective Interviewing Skills Workshop-Wednesday, February 21, 9 to 11 a.m.**Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips.**Computer Boot Camp-All sessions are by appointment only.**Basic instruction on how to use a computer for work search purposes. (Intended for novice computer users only).**Gateways to Employment-Every Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. to Noon**Designed to help you jump start your work search with the latest tips and tools you'll need to know to conduct a successful job search in today's labor market. **The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter also features several sessions led by these partner organizations:****Essentials of College Planning Workshop-Tuesdays, February 6 and 20**Christy Le from the Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) offers a free workshop for adults 19 and older covering College Awareness and Planning along with the Federal Financial Aide process. She will assist participants in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For times and to register for the next available session or for more information, call 1-800-281-3703 or visit MEOC's website, http://meoc.maine.edu . **Writing Your Business Plan-Thursday, February 22, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.**Anyone considering starting a small business has heard the question "Do you have a business plan"? Just what is this document and why is it so important? In this two-hour workshop, Maine Small Business Development Center Master Business Advisor from CEI will explain the importance of writing a business plan for all small businesses. Using a case study and presentation approach, Brad Swanson will walk through all the components of a business plan and coach participants on writing their own plan. **Workforce Solutions** administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you are[...]



February Programs for Job Seekers at the Rockland CareerCenter

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 11:22:59 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 31, 2018Contact: David Grima, Rockland CareerCenter, 207-596-2600Media Contact: Laura Hudson, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009ROCKLAND-The Rockland CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, and in conjunction with its partners offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills and employers to find qualified workers."2017 was a tremendous year for our economy, with all-time highs in the number of private sector jobs reported and an historic unemployment rate of 3.0 in December," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "What this means for job seekers, is there are jobs out there to be had. You don't have to search alone. No-cost workshops, career counseling, and free computer and Internet use to find work are some of the resources available at Maine CareerCenters. You may even be eligible for free training. I encourage you to visit mainecareercenter.gov to learn more."The following workshops and programs are free to the public and will be held at the CareerCenter. All events require preregistration in person or by phone, unless stated otherwise.**Career Directions / Putting the Pieces Together- Thursday, February 1, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**Explores your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivation and how each transfer to today's job market.**Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop-Thursday, February 8, 9 a.m. to 12 noon**Covers the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter.**Small Business Start-Up-Tuesday, February 13, 1 to 3 p.m.**Learn the basics about creating a business plan, with certified business counselor David Hill.**Effective Interviewing Skills Workshop-Thursday, February 15, 9 a.m. to 12 noon**Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips.**Computer Boot Camp-Tuesday mornings. Arrange time with staff.**Basic introduction of the computer for people who have never used one before.**Planning your Job Search-Each Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon**The latest tips and ideas for a successful job search in today's labor market.**Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation-By appointment.**Introduction to services for job seekers with a disability that makes it difficult to obtain or keep a job.**Training Orientation-By appointment.**Residents of Knox or Lincoln County and who want to explore occupational training programs, call 596-2600. Waldo County residents, call 930-7047.**Rockland CareerCenter also features several sessions led by these partner organizations:****Workforce Solutions** administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you are at least 16 contact the Belfast Workforce Solutions office at 930-7047. **New Ventures Maine** offers no-cost classes in Assertive Communication, Creating Your Future, Creating the Rest of Your Life, Credit Yourself, Entrepreneurial Training, Financing Your Future, Professional Development and Mature Worker Activities. For more information, call the Brunswick Administrative office at 207-386-1664. The Rockland area office can be reached at 593-7942, and is at University College Rockland, 91 Camden Street Suite 402 Rockland, Maine 04841. http://www.newventuresmaine.orgCareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O'Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.Follow and keep track of our latest events on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. To find us on LinkedIn, go to LinkedIn.com and search for "Rockland CareerCenter." To find us on Facebook, go to Facebook.com and search "Rockland CareerCenter." To follow us[...]



Maine Unemployment Rate 3.0 Percent in December

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:49:27 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 23, 2018Contact: Glenn Mills 207-621-5192AUGUSTA - 2017 ends on a positive note with strong private sector job growth and historically low unemployment.**Seasonally Adjusted Statewide Data****Household Survey Estimates** - The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.0 percent for December was down from 3.3 percent for November and 3.8 percent one year ago. The number of unemployed was down 5,400 over the year to 20,700. The unemployment rate has been at or below 4.0 percent for 27 consecutive months. The U.S. preliminary unemployment rate of 4.1 percent for December was unchanged from November and down from 4.7 percent one year ago. The New England unemployment rate averaged 3.7 percent.December unemployment estimates for other states in the region were 2.6 percent in New Hampshire, 2.8 percent in Vermont, 3.5 percent in Massachusetts, 4.4 percent in Rhode Island, and 4.6 percent in Connecticut. The employment to population ratio estimate of 61.7 percent remained above the 60.1 percent U.S. average.**Payroll Survey Estimates** - The 622,600 preliminary nonfarm payroll jobs estimate for December was up 5,000 from one year ago. The private sector gained 5,200 jobs, with the largest gains in the healthcare and social assistance, and professional and business services sectors. Jobs in government were down 200.**Not Seasonally Adjusted Substate Data**The not seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate estimate of 2.5 percent for December was down from 3.5 percent one year ago. Unemployment rates decreased over the year in all counties. The lowest rate was 1.8 percent in Cumberland County and the highest was 4.2 percent in Aroostook County.The unemployment rate was below the statewide average in the Portland-South Portland (1.8 percent) and Lewiston-Auburn (2.1 percent) metro areas and at the average in the Bangor (2.5 percent) metro area.Due to annual data revisions, release of January estimates will be delayed until Monday, March 12 (Data Release Schedule: http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/releaseDates.html ).This release is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/news/release.html .Labor force and unemployment data is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/laus1.html .Nonfarm payroll jobs data is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/ces1.html .Monthly workforce estimates are cooperatively produced and released by the Maine Department of Labor, Center for Workforce Research and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.**NOTES**1. Preliminary labor force estimates, including rates (labor force participation, employment, and unemployment rates), and levels (labor force, employed, and unemployed) tend to move in a direction for several months and then reverse course. Those directional trends are largely driven by a smoothing procedure and may not indicate a change in underlying workforce conditions. Annual revisions (published in March each year) tend to moderate or eliminate those directional patterns. A comparison of 2016 preliminary and revised unemployment rate estimates is available at www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/blogs/2016_workforce_data_revisions.pdf.2. The 90 percent confidence interval for statewide unemployment rates in 2017 is 0.7 percentage points above or below the published estimate each month.3. To assess employment growth, we recommend looking at nonfarm jobs from the payroll survey rather than resident employment from the household survey. The payroll survey is larger, has smaller margins of error, and is subject to smaller revisions. More on the differences in accuracy of the two measures is at www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/blogs/imprecise_data.pdf .4. Nonfarm payroll jobs estimates tend to be volatile from month to month because there is variability in the sample of reporting employers and their representativeness for the universe of all employers. Additionally, seaso[...]



CareerCenters to Modernize Model

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:09:21 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 18, 2018

Media Contact: Laura Hudson, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009

AUGUSTA--The Maine Department of Labor's Bureau of Employment Services (BES) announced today that it will be accelerating its commitment to improving Maine's CareerCenter delivery system in 2018. These actions are an effort by the LePage Administration toward a more efficient and effective service-delivery model for job seekers and employers, and to reform the system in anticipation of potential federal budget cuts.

"Being responsive to the needs of Maine employers and workers is at the forefront of everything we do," said DOL Commissioner, John Butera. "That means understanding and adapting to the ways our customers want to interact with us. While in the early years of the CareerCenter model that meant ‘bricks and mortar' to manage foot traffic into the offices throughout the state, today it means a modernized approach more in alignment with the current technology and the access demands of our customers."

According to BES Director, Ed Upham, the first major change is currently in the works. "We are moving our Augusta CareerCenter from its current location on Enterprise Drive now that our lease contract is up, and consolidating it into space in the same business park where the Maine Department of Labor is located, on Commerce Drive," he said. The move is expected for mid- to late-March, with limited disruption to service during the move and no changes to staff or services to workers and employers.

In 2016, BES completed the upgrade of the then-outdated online labor exchange, Maine's JobBank, to the cloud-based Maine JobLink, which today offers self-service options for labor information, career mapping and training. More recent changes have included updating mainecareercenter.gov for mobile devices and adding to it Live Chat, and co-locating the Portland CareerCenter and DHHS in State Offices in Portland to better serve Cumberland County residents and to provide a path from poverty to prosperity. "We definitely will look different a year from now, including smaller physical spaces, use of partner sites, and distance services," Upham added.

Department of Labor staff will be looking at contracts, seeking partners and finding new and more effective ways to reach workers and employers alike, with an emphasis on cost savings. "As we continually seek ways to better deliver CareerCenter services in the new year and beyond, we will build on existing partnerships and forge new ones to make delivery of CareerCenter services more efficient and effective, and modernize the system and its physical footprint to meet our customers' needs now and well into the future," said Commissioner Butera.

CareerCenters, with 12 locations across the state, are part of the Maine Department of Labor (MDOL), and provide employment and training services at no charge for Maine workers and businesses. Job Seekers can use the CareerCenter's free resources to jumpstart their job search. CareerCenters assist Employers with recruitment, training, and workforce services, and offers access to Labor Market Information.

Maine Department of Labor and Maine CareerCenters are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.

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Maine Department of Labor Revises Rules under the Employment Security Act

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:59:39 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 8th, 2017 Media Contact: Laura Hudson, 207-621-5009

AUGUSTA-The Unemployment Insurance Commission has revised four chapters of rules governing the state's unemployment insurance program administered by the Maine Department of Labor.

The state has adopted changes to four chapters.

Revisions to Chapter 9, Able and Available Requirements (rule number: 2017-P084), clarify eligibility for claimants who are only available for part-time work; provide factors for consideration in determining whether a claimant has an acceptable means of transportation to get to a job or to an area in which there are sufficient job opportunities; and clarify the application of the able and available requirements to claimants who are absent from their labor market area.

Revisions to Chapter 16, Benefits Paid to Illegal Aliens (rule number: 2017-P085 2017-P084), update references to federal agencies regarding immigration and add a provision to Section 2(A) permitting the use of other documentation as approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) so that the rule does not need to be updated to reflect each new piece of documentation that DHS approves.

Revisions to Chapter 19, Other Remuneration (rule number: 2017-P086), simplify the allocation rules for "other remuneration" and modify the treatment of bonus payments to make it more consistent with the Employment Security Law.

Revisions to Chapter 20, Unemployment Fraud or Misrepresentation by Claimants (rule number: 2017-P087), remove the certified mail requirement from Section 2(B) and remove Section 2(C), as it is not legally required and not appropriate in all circumstances. Instead, the agency will prepare a standard operating procedure or other policy as to the methodology for interviewing the claimant in a fraud or misrepresentation case.

View the adopted changes to the rules here: http://www.maine.gov/labor/unemployment/lawsandrules.shtml

The Employment Security Act is the governing statute for the unemployment insurance program in Maine, including both the Unemployment Insurance Commission and the Bureau of Unemployment Compensation.

Unemployment insurance provides a temporary source of income to individuals who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Unemployment insurance is funded solely by unemployment taxes paid by employers; employees do not pay into the unemployment system.

The Maine Department of Labor is an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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Maine Department of Labor Revises Rules under the Employment Security Act

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:54:25 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 8th, 2017 Media Contact: Laura Hudson, 207-621-5009

AUGUSTA-The Unemployment Insurance Commission has revised four chapters of rules governing the state's unemployment insurance program administered by the Maine Department of Labor.

The state has adopted changes to four chapters.

Revisions to Chapter 9, Able and Available Requirements (rule number: 2017-P084), clarify eligibility for claimants who are only available for part-time work; provide factors for consideration in determining whether a claimant has an acceptable means of transportation to get to a job or to an area in which there are sufficient job opportunities; and clarify the application of the able and available requirements to claimants who are absent from their labor market area.

Revisions to Chapter 16, Benefits Paid to Illegal Aliens (rule number: 2017-P085 2017-P084), update references to federal agencies regarding immigration and add a provision to Section 2(A) permitting the use of other documentation as approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) so that the rule does not need to be updated to reflect each new piece of documentation that DHS approves.

Revisions to Chapter 19, Other Remuneration (rule number: 2017-P086), simplify the allocation rules for "other remuneration" and modify the treatment of bonus payments to make it more consistent with the Employment Security Law.

Revisions to Chapter 20, Unemployment Fraud or Misrepresentation by Claimants (rule number: 2017-P087), remove the certified mail requirement from Section 2(B) and remove Section 2(C), as it is not legally required and not appropriate in all circumstances. Instead, the agency will prepare a standard operating procedure or other policy as to the methodology for interviewing the claimant in a fraud or misrepresentation case.

View the adopted changes to the rules here: http://www.maine.gov/labor/unemployment/lawsandrules.shtml

The Employment Security Act is the governing statute for the unemployment insurance program in Maine, including both the Unemployment Insurance Commission and the Bureau of Unemployment Compensation.

Unemployment insurance provides a temporary source of income to individuals who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Unemployment insurance is funded solely by unemployment taxes paid by employers; employees do not pay into the unemployment system.

The Maine Department of Labor is an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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Portland Press Herald and AP Articles on Maine's Marijuana Legalization Law and Employment Incorrect

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:03:10 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 25, 2017 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, (207) 621-5009

*Department of Labor issues clarification for employers*

AUGUSTA- A Portland Press Herald article published late in the evening of July 24, 2017, inaccurately cited the Maine Department of Labor's guidance to employers regarding the state's new marijuana legalization law as related to employment. This article was later corrected, but before that correction was published, the story was picked up by national media and circulated throughout social media, including blogs written by attorneys to provide guidance to clients.

The article was covering the department's presentation on Monday, July 24, to the Legislature's Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee on employment issues relating to the legalization of marijuana.

The Department is therefore issuing the following clarification to ensure that employers, their legal counsel and HR consultants understand that they are allowed to screen applicants and employees for marijuana use under existing state law.

The article's initial title, "Maine employers shouldn't test for marijuana without changes to state law, official says," has since been changed. The attached image shows the new title with the original title in the URL.

When the Legislature delayed most of the Marijuana Legalization Act from taking effect until February 2018, that delay included Section 2454's employment-related provisions. Therefore, all businesses can proceed as they have been doing regarding drug testing by following existing law until either Section 2454 goes into effect as currently written or the Legislature repeals or amends Section 2454. Right now, as an at-will state, a Maine employer or employee can end the employment relationship for any reason, and an employer may choose not to hire an applicant with a marijuana-positive drug test without a certification for medical use.

The department has advised employers that if Section 2454 does not change and does go into effect, at that time, employers should not conduct applicant drug screening for marijuana because doing so could violate Section 2454. The department is holding free Impairment Detection Training for Employers courses throughout the state. The next two classes are July 26 in Augusta and August 23 in Portland. Employers may register for the classes here: http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=Safetyworks_Classes&v=ListAll . Space is limited.

To clarify, Title 7 MRS, Chapter 417, §2454 states: "3. School, employer or landlord may not discriminate. A school, employer or landlord may not refuse to enroll or employ or lease to or otherwise penalize a person 21 years of age or older solely for that person's consuming marijuana outside of the school's, employer's or landlord's property."

Employers or workers with questions about drug testing employees in Maine or impairment in the workplace should contact the department at (207) 623-7900 or visit the department's website at http://www.maine.gov/labor/labor_laws/substance_abuse_testing/index.html .

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June Programs for Job Seekers at the Lewiston CareerCenter

Wed, 31 May 2017 10:32:25 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 31, 2017Contact: Mary LaFontaine, Lewiston CareerCenter, 207-753-9094Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009LEWISTON - The Lewiston CareerCenter continues its workshop programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability."In our tightening labor market, Maine CareerCenters provide the tools and resources to better connect job seekers and employers," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Workshops and one-on-one consultations facilitated by their career consultants can provide job seekers a path to education or jobs. Employers will find information and connections to employment and training resources that can help serve immediate or forecasted workforce needs. Connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter at www.mainecareercenter.gov."CareerCenters can assist businesses by offering workshops on location, at local businesses or other organizations at no cost. The following workshops and programs will be held at the CareerCenter in Lewiston unless otherwise noted.**Job Fair with 30+ Employers - Monday, June 5, 10 a.m. to noon**Participating employers, coming from diverse industries across the state, all of whom are hiring, will be on hand to talk with job seekers. Be prepared with a resume and to have an "interview-like" conversation. Dress to impress!**Resume Basics and Build a Resume Workshop - Wednesday, June 7, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.***Please bring your work history profile from Maine JobLink.*Learn the basic do's and don'ts of resume writing; how to stand out in a positive way by marketing yourself-on paper-in a way that directly matches employer needs. Computers will be available and you will be able to compose a draft resume with staff assistance.**Career Decision Making - Wednesday, June 14, 9 a.m. to noon**Review the factors involved in making career decisions, assessment tools used, and other resources. Apply the information you gain from assessments to identify career and training steps to achieve career goals. **Introduction to Self-Employment Workshop - Thursday, June 15, 10 a.m. to noon**This introductory workshop will help you decide whether self-employment is the right choice for you. The class covers the pros and cons of owning your own business, the elements of a business plan, and the many resources available to help you succeed. Register by calling Karlene Andrews at 557-1885.**Interview Skills/ Mock Interviews - Thursday, June 15, 2 to 4 p.m.**Attend this workshop to learn the basics about interviewing and get the tools you need to feel comfortable in an interview. Session will include a brief overview of interview skills and employer expectations and will also include mock interviews so that you can practice, get feedback, and observe other participants!**New Mainers Workshop - Thursday, June 22, 9 to 11 a.m.**How to complete paper and online job applications. Somali interpreter will be on hand, if other language interpreters are needed, please request by June 8 by calling 753-9005.**Orientation for People with Disabilities - Wednesday, June 28, 2 to 3 p.m.**For people who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Held the fourth Wednesday of the month. Registration not required.**Training Orientation - Call to schedule**An overview of training programs at the CareerCenter, eligibility requirements, and information on accessing services, this workshops is for people interested in pursuing training and education. If you are interested in job search only, consider the "Job Search Skills" workshop. NOTE: If you live in the South Paris area, call 743-7763 x1 for information on the South Paris C[...]



June Programs for Job Seekers at the Machias CareerCenter

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:27:50 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 25, 2017Contact: Nichole Jamison, Washington County CareerCenters, 255-1900Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 621-5009WASHINGTON COUNTY-CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or to upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume and cover letter writing software, Internet access, and O'Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge."In our tightening labor market, Maine CareerCenters provide the tools and resources to better connect job seekers and employers," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Workshops and one-on-one consultations facilitated by the their career consultants can provide job seekers a path to education or jobs. Employers will find information and connections to employment and training resources that can help serve immediate or forecasted workforce needs. Connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter at www.mainecareercenter.gov."Workshops are held at the Machias CareerCenter, 53 Prescott Dr., Ste. 1, Machias, unless otherwise noted. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone. To learn more, like the Washington County CareerCenters on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/washingtoncountycareercenters .**Manage Your Business with QuickBooks Reports - Friday, June 2, 9 a.m. to Noon**The reporting features of Quickbooks can help you as a business owner gain essential insight in learning to analyze how your business is doing so you can improve your business results. This SCORE workshop will help you drill down into your business details and show ways to improve profitability. To register call Sunrise County Economic Council at 207-255-0983. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Space is limited.**Recruitment Event: The Jackson Laboratory and Witham Family Hotels, Tuesday, June 6, 10 a.m. to Noon, Milbridge Public Library, 18 School St., Milbridge**Walk-in interviews and information session. The Jackson Laboratory and Witham Family Hotels are hiring and will be at this recruitment event looking for employees. For information call Mike at 255-1916. **GATEways to Employment: Group Access to Employment Session, Every Tuesday**Is your job search in need of a boost? Are you looking for a way to stand out to a potential employer? Do you want to be at a significant advantage from other job seekers in today's competitive work/job seeking environment? This is a great way to increase your job search success, to gain insight on the latest job search techniques, and to maximize your potential. CareerCenter is here to help you find your key to success! To register call Melanie at 1-800-292-8929. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.**Essentials of College Planning - Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC)**This workshop introduces people to educational opportunities in general and Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) services in particular and touches on the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career and study skills. The admission section reviews college options, the college search process and the application structure. The fundamentals of financial aid, including the filing process and the applications are covered in detail. Career options and counseling are introduced. Effective transitions into college, college readiness and study skills are discussed. For a schedule and to register for a MEOC Workshop, call 207-991-2851.**Financial Aid - Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC)**The Financial Aid Workshop provides an overview of financial basics and the completion of the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Discussion will include a revi[...]



Maine Department of Labor's summer update e-newsletter for employers is now available.

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 16:51:27 EDT

The Maine Department of Labor's update for employers is now available at https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MEDOL/bulletins/1561286#link_1460736795591 .

The Summer 2016 issue features include: - USDOL's New Overtime Rules and How they Apply in Maine - Maine JobLink-New Job Matching Service - Loan Program for People with Disabilities Seeks Bids for New Provider - Federal OSHA Penalties to Increase Aug. 1 - Federal OSHA Will Target High-Hazard Occupations in 2016 - Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign 2016 Kick-off: Job Fair & Military 101, Sept. 1, Augusta Armory - Nominations of Senior-Friendly Businesses Sought for 2016 Silver Collar Award