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More than 80 Employers Hiring at Bangor Area Job Fair on May 23

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:34:53 EDT

More than 80 Employers Hiring at Bangor Area Job Fair on May 23 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 17, 2017 Contact: Patty Perry, 760-6302 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 207-621-5009AUGUSTA-The 20th Annual Spring Career Fair is hosting more than 80 Bangor-area employers on Tuesday, May 23 at the Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main St., Bangor from 9 a.m. to noon. Job seekers are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring a current resume and be prepared to interview. The 20th Annual Spring Career Fair is sponsored by Bangor CareerCenter, Bangor Daily News, Cross Insurance Center, Eastern Maine Development Corp (EMDC), Maine Department of Labor, and Northeastern Workforce Development Board. The event will also have door prizes and attendees can have their resume professionally critiqued."Professional career consultants and business services representatives help connect job seekers and employers throughout Maine CareerCenters," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "They offer many job search services and training programs to help Maine citizens gain skills our employers need in this improved economic climate. I encourage those looking for a job and those looking for workers to connect with their closest CareerCenter."Participating vendors include:- Arcadia New England - Assistance Plus - athenahealth - Bangor Police Department - Bangor Area Staffing Solutions - Bangor Daily News - Bank of America - Beal College - Blueberry Broadcasting - Bonney Staffing Center - Boston Financial - Bowman Constructors - Bridges Home Services - Bucksport Regional Health Center - C & L Aviation Group - CareerCenter - Care and Comfort - Charlotte White Center - Cianbro - Commonsense Housing - Community Care - Community Health & Counseling Services - Crossmark - Dirigo Pines Retirement Community - Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center - Dunkin' Donuts - Eastern Maine Community College - Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC) - Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS) - F.W. Webb - Genesis - Hancock Regional Communications Center - Hinckley Company, The - H.O. Bouchard, Inc. - Hollywood Casino - Home, Hope & Healing/Aspire - HW Staffing Solutions - Jackson Laboratory, The - KidsPeace - Living Innovations - Loving Touch In Home Care - Lynch Logistics - Maine Dept of Transportation - Maine Educational Opportunity Center - Maine State Police - Manpower - MAS Community Health - MERT Enterprises - Modern Woodmen of America - National Health Care Associates - New England Home Health Care - New England Recruiting Battalion (US Army) - Northeast Technical Institute - Pathways - Penobscot Community Health Care - Penobscot Job Corps Center - PeopleReady - RH Foster - Rite Aid Pharmacy - Ross Manor - SW Cole Explorations, LLC - Securitas Security Services - Seniors Plus - Sonogee Rehabilitation & Living Center - Spectrum - Spurwink Services - Transportation Security Administration (TSA/DHS) - UCP of Maine - UMaine Online - University of Maine at Augusta - U.S. Air Force - U.S. Border Patrol - U.S. Customs and Border Protection - Volunteers of America - Walmart - Wayfair - Wings for Children & Families - Woodlands Senior Living - Zone RadioCareerCenters, 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.The Bangor CareerCenter, located at 45 Oak Street, Suite 3 in Bangor, is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (207) 561-4050 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711). 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.-end-[...]



Maine Unemployment Rate 3.0 Percent in April

Fri, 19 May 2017 10:24:35 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 19, 2017 Contact: Glenn Mills 207-621-5192Workforce conditions remained tight throughout much of Maine in April with very low unemployment, particularly in the southwest portion of the state.**Seasonally Adjusted Statewide Data****Household Survey Estimates -** The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.0 percent for April was unchanged from March, remaining the lowest on record since the current estimation methodology was implemented in 1976. It was down from 3.8 percent one year ago. The number of unemployed was down 5,000 over the year to 21,000. The unemployment rate has been below 4 percent for the last seven months and 15 of the last 18.The U.S. preliminary unemployment rate of 4.4 percent in April was little changed from 4.5 percent in March and down from 5.0 percent one year ago. The New England unemployment rate averaged 3.9 percent.April unemployment rate estimates for other states in the region were 2.8 percent in New Hampshire, 3.1 percent in Vermont, 3.9 percent in Massachusetts, 4.3 percent in Rhode Island, and 4.9 percent in Connecticut.The employment to population ratio estimate of 62.1 percent remained above the U.S. average of 60.2 percent.**Payroll Survey Estimates -** The preliminary nonfarm payroll jobs estimate of 621,900 for April was up 3,900 from one year ago. The largest job gains were in the healthcare and construction sectors.**Not Seasonally Adjusted Substate Data**The not seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate estimate of 3.4 percent for April was down from 4.0 percent one year ago. Rates declined over the year in all counties. The lowest rate was 2.4 percent in Cumberland County and the highest was 6.4 percent in Washington County.Unemployment rates were lower than the statewide average in all three metro areas: Portland-South Portland (2.5 percent), Lewiston-Auburn (3.0 percent), and Bangor (3.3 percent).May estimates will be released on Friday, June 16 (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.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 http://cwri.blogspot.com/2016/04/reports-that-maine-is-losing-jobs-are.html .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, seasonal adjustment is imperfect because weather, the beginning and ending of school semesters and holidays, and other events do not always occur with the same timing, which can exacerbate monthly volatility. Users should look to the trend over multiple months rather than the change from one specific month to another. Estimates for the pe[...]



May Programs for Job Seekers at the Lewiston CareerCenter

Tue, 02 May 2017 13:20:04 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 2, 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."Professional career consultants and business services representatives help connect job seekers and employers throughout Maine CareerCenters," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "They offer many job search services and training programs to help Maine citizens gain skills our employers need in this improved economic climate. I encourage those looking for a job and those looking for workers to connect with their closest CareerCenter."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. **Introduction to Self-Employment Workshop - Thursday, May 11, 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 753-9093.**Resume Basics and Build a Resume Workshop - Wednesday, May 17, 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.**Interview Skills/ Mock Interviews - Thursday, May 18, 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, May 25, 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 May 11 by calling 753-9005.**Career Decision Making - A two-part workshop - Wednesday, May 24, 9 a.m. to noon and Thursday, May 25, 10 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.**Orientation for People with Disabilities - Wednesday, May 24, 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 CareerCenter orientation dates/times. Call 753-9005 for meeting schedule and to register for the Lewiston location. **Essentials of College Planning for Adults - Call to schedule**Basic steps for successful college enrollment: learn about college and trade schools, entrance requirements, readiness and transitional issues of adult students, admissions procedures and financial aid. To register, call: 1-800-281-3703. Bring last year's income tax forms to the appointment. CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrad[...]



May Programs for Job Seekers at the Machias CareerCenter

Mon, 01 May 2017 15:25:03 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 1, 2017Contact: Nichole Jamison, Washington County CareerCenters, 255-1900Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 621-5009WASHINGTON COUNTY-The Machias CareerCenter continues its workshop programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability. Workshops are held at the Machias CareerCenter, 53 Prescott Dr., Ste. 1, Machias, unless otherwise noted."Professional career consultants and business services representatives help connect job seekers and employers throughout Maine CareerCenters," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "They offer many job search services and training programs to help Maine citizens gain skills our employers need in this improved economic climate. I encourage those looking for a job and those looking for workers to connect with their closest CareerCenter."**Machias Area Job Fair - Thursday, May 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.**For a list of participating employers click on the Job Fair link at www.mainecareercenter.gov or the events section of our Facebook page: Washington County CareerCenters.**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: Machias CareerCenter, 53 Prescott Dr., Ste. 1, Machias**This workshop introduces people to educational opportunities in general and Maine Educational Opportunity Center services in particular. This interactive workshop 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. The participant receives "101 The Essentials of College Planning Workbook", "The Post-Secondary Guide to Education in Maine", "The Student Guide", and the "Free Application for Federal Student Aid". To register for a MEOC Workshop, call 1-800-281-3703.**Career Exploration: Machias CareerCenter, 53 Prescott Dr., Ste. 1, Machias - Call for schedule.**Participants will learn steps to exploring careers and making decisions about new careers. Participants will have an opportunity to complete self-assessment interest inventories. Building upon the assessment results, a counselor will aid the participants in evaluating careers which best fit their interest, skills and job values. Additional topics include: attending college vs. alternative training; discussion of past employment and ideas for future career trends. To register for a MEOC Workshop, call 1-800-281-3703.**Financial Aid: Machias CareerCenter, 53 Prescott Dr., Ste. 1, Machias - Call for schedule.**The Financial Aid Workshop will provide an overview of financial basics and the completion of the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Discussion will include a review of the federal, state, school-based, and private funding sources. Upon completion of this workshop the student will be able to effectively access the funding they need to complete their college degree. An emphasis will be placed on student responsibility and an understanding of the full financial process and timetable. Participants should bring their last year's income details to the workshop. Participants should be current college students or prospective college students who have attended an earlier s[...]



May Programs for Job Seekers at the York County CareerCenter

Mon, 01 May 2017 11:14:46 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 1, 2017Contact: Dawn Self- Cooper, York County CareerCenter, 207-324-5460Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009 SPRINGVALE-The York County CareerCenter in Springvale continues its workshop programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability."Professional career consultants and business services representatives help connect job seekers and employers throughout Maine CareerCenters," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "They offer many job search services and training programs to help Maine citizens gain skills our employers need in this improved economic climate. I encourage those looking for a job and those looking for workers to connect with their closest CareerCenter."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.**Essentials of College Planning Workshop - Mondays, May 8, 15 and 22, 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 or 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 MEOC's website, meoc.maine.edu .**Resume and Interview Coaching - Tuesday, May 9, 9 a.m. to noon**Your resume is your marketing tool that helps you land the all-important interview. Join us and learn the do's 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 today to reserve a seat.**Career Exploration Workshop - Thursday, May 11 and Friday, May 12**This extensive and informative workshop will be offered to Vocational Rehabilitation Clients at the York County CareerCenter. VR 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.**Monthly Job Fair at the CareerCenter - Monday, May 22, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.**Explore your next employment opportunity. Representatives from several companies will be here interviewing for current openings. Please check our web site for the list of employers which will be updated as employers confirm attendance. No appointment required. Check http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/employment/jobfairs.shtm and our Facebook and Twitter for a list of participating employers. **Employer Recruitments for May at the York County CareerCenter - please check our website for additions and updates: CoWorx and MASIS, Wednesdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 1 to 4 p.m.**Current openings in Sanford, Biddeford, Saco and Portland areas. No appointment is required. Please bring two valid forms of ID. Please check our website for updates and additions. Schedule is subject to change.**Competitive Skills Scholarship Program -** The Competitive Skills Scholarship helps workers learn new skills and succeed in a changing economy. The program is open to all qualified Maine residents and pays for education and training for high-wage jobs in demand in Maine. York County is currently accepting applications for the program. For more information or to download an application please visit http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/cssp.shtml .**The York County CareerCenter will also feature several sessions led by these partner organizations in May:****Workforce Solutions** administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you think you might qualify or could benefit from this program, please call the Workf[...]



May Programs for Job Seekers at the Greater Portland CareerCenter

Mon, 01 May 2017 10:48:44 EDT

For Immediate Release: May 1, 2017 Contact: Mike Roland, Greater Portland CareerCenter, 822-3300 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009PORTLAND-The Greater Portland CareerCenter announces May programs for job seekers, those who are considering training for a new career, and employers in need of workers."Professional career consultants and business services representatives help connect job seekers and employers throughout Maine CareerCenters," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "They offer many job search services and training programs to help Maine citizens gain skills our employers need in this improved economic climate. I encourage those looking for a job and those looking for workers to connect with their closest CareerCenter."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 Fairs: Wednesday, May 3**- Manufacturing Job Fair, 9 to 11 a.m. - Multiple-Industries Job Fair, Noon to 3 p.m.Employers will be available to accept resumes and/or interview. A list of exhibitors can be found on the CareerCenter website at www.mainecareercenter.gov . Come dressed for success and bring copies of your resume.**Resume Information Seminar: Fridays, May 5 and 19, 9 to 11 a.m.**This is a not-to-be-missed workshop that 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 insure that your resume and cover letter make the best first impression to employers.Registration is required as the workshops fill up quickly. Please call the reception desk at 822-3300 to register.**Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation: Wednesday, May 10 and 24, 10 to 11:30 a.m.**This program assists eligible individuals with disabilities to prepare for, obtain, and maintain viable employment, and 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 orientation online at http://www.maine.gov/rehab/vr_orientation.shtml .**Job Interview Workshop: Friday, May 26, 9 to 11 a.m.**Be prepared to successfully interview with the employer you want to work for and for the job you seek. In this workshop you will explore interview preparation and have the opportunity to practice the most commonly asked questions in an interview setting. You will learn how to make that great first impression to employers emphasizing your strengths and motivating employers to want to hire you. The workshop will give you tips on how to answer employer's tough interview questions, and is targeted for people just beginning the job search process or those who have not had success in finding work.Space is limited and preregistration is required. Please call 822-3300.**Unemployed Professionals Group: Every Tuesday in May, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon**The 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. Open to the public. No registration required.**Job-Seeking Workshop for French-Speaking Adults / Atelier Francais: Every Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon, Workforce Solutions, 190 Lancaster St., Ste. 200, Portland**The Portland Career Center offers a workshop for French-speaking job seekers. The class, taught in French, will help you discover all the CareerCenter services and receive the information you need to find a job.[...]



Lewiston CareerCenter Hosting Job Fair on May 1

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:41:12 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 26, 2017 Contact: Leon Ouiment, 207-373-4016 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

LEWISTON-More than 20 employers will be recruiting at the Lewiston CareerCenter from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, May 1, at 5 Mollison Way in Lewiston. All are seeking qualified employees to fill current positions. Job seekers are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring a current resume and be prepared to interview.

"Professional career consultants and business services representatives help connect job seekers and employers throughout Maine CareerCenters," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "They offer many job search services and training programs to help Maine citizens gain skills our employers need in this improved economic climate. I encourage those looking for a job and those looking for workers to connect with their closest CareerCenter."

Participating employers include:

- Adecco - Arcadia New England - Assistance Plus - Bill Dodge Auto Group - Black Bear Support Services - Complete Labor and Staffing - Core-Mark New England - CoWorx Staffing - Hartt Transportation - HW Staffing Solutions - Irving Forest Products - John F. Murphy Homes - Lynch Logistics - People Ready - Pillars Community Outreach - Poland Spring Bottling - Prudential - R.I.S.E., Inc. - Robert Half Finance - Sequel Care of Maine - Spectrum - Spurwink Services - St. Mary's Health System - U.S. Border Patrol - Wal-Mart

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 624-5120 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711). 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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May Programs for Job Seekers at the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:40:27 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 26, 2017 Contact: Leon Ouimet Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 207-373-4000 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009BRUNSWICK - The Southern Midcoast 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. "Professional career consultants and business services representatives help connect job seekers and employers throughout Maine CareerCenters," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "They offer many job search services and training programs to help Maine citizens gain skills our employers need in this improved economic climate. I encourage those looking for a job and those looking for workers to connect with their closest CareerCenter."Each of the 12 statewide centers provides public-access computer workstations equipped with Microsoft Office, resume writing and cover letter software. In addition we provide internet access and O'Net software for individual skills assessment. Employers can list their open positions on Maine JobLink and take advantage of our online matching system, which identifies and refers job candidates. All CareerCenter services are provided free of charge to employers and job seeking customers. 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. 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. May 3, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.**Explores your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivation and how each transfers to today's job market. **Planning Your Job Search-Wednesday, May 10, 9 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. **Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop-Wednesday, May 17, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**Covers the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter. **Effective Job Interviewing Workshop-Wednesday, May 24, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.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).The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter also features several sessions led by these partner organizations:**Small Business Start Up Workshop-Thursday, May 18, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.**Interested in self-employment? So what does it really take to plan, start and run a successful small business where you can realize the challenges and satisfaction of working for yourself? Join us for a 2 hour afternoon session, where Maine Small Business Development Center Certified Master Business Counselor, Brad Swanson will walk you through the keys to successful business startup and management, focusing on the business plan: What is it? Why do you need one? How will it help? **Essentials of College Planning Workshop-Tuesday, May 2 and 16**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 1-800-281-37[...]



May Programs for Job Seekers at the Rockland CareerCenter

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:40:04 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 26, 2017Contact: David Grima, Rockland CareerCenter, 207-596-2600Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 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."Professional career consultants and business services representatives help connect job seekers and employers throughout Maine CareerCenters," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "They offer many job search services and training programs to help Maine citizens gain skills our employers need in this improved economic climate. I encourage those looking for a job and those looking for workers to connect with their closest CareerCenter."Each of the 12 statewide CareerCenters provides public-access computer workstations equipped with Microsoft Office, resume writing and cover letter software. In addition we provide Internet access and O-Net software for individual skills assessment. Employers can list their open positions on the Maine JobLink and take advantage of our online matching system which identifies and refers job candidates. All CareerCenter services are provided free of charge to employers and job-seeking customers.The following workshops and programs are free to the public and will be held at the CareerCenter. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone, unless stated otherwise.**Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation-Wednesday, May 3, 1 to 3 p.m.**Introduction to services for jobseekers with a disability that makes it difficult to obtain or keep a job.**Career Directions / Putting the Pieces Together-Thursday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**Explores your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivations, and shows how each transfers to today's job market.**Training Orientation-Wednesday, May 10 and 24, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.**For people over the age of 24 who live in Knox or Lincoln County and want to explore occupational training programs. People under the age of 25 can call 596-2600 for arrangements. All ages in Waldo County call 930-7047.**Credit Repair-Tuesday, May 16, 10:30 a.m. to Noon**Understanding the role of personal financial credit as it affects employment and other aspects of life. **Business Start-Up-Tuesday, May 16, 1 to 3 p.m.**Introduction to creating a business plan, with business counselor David Hill of Coastal Enterprises. **Resume & Cover Letter Writing-Thursday, May 18, 9 a.m. to Noon**Shows the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter.**Effective Interviewing Skills-Thursday, May 25, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.****Computer Boot Camp-Tuesday mornings. Call to Schedule.**To introduce the computer to people who have never used one before**Planning Your Job Search-Each Wednesday, 9 a.m. to noon. **The latest tips and ideas a successful job search in today's labor market.Rockland CareerCenter also features sessions led by our 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 25 years of age and think you might benefit from training that could be classroom based or on the job, contact the Rockland CareerCenter at 207-596-2600 to speak with a Workforce Solutions representative. Interested applicants between 16 and 24 years of age should contact the 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 their Brunswick Administrati[...]



Nominations Sought for 2017 Silver Collar Awards

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:03:04 EDT

*The Silver Collar Employer Award honors employers whose policies and practices match the needs of mature employees, capturing their skills and experience, strong work ethic, flexibility and enthusiasm.*

For Immediate Release: April 21, 2017

Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 621-5009

AUGUSTA - Do you know of a senior-friendly business? Is your business a great place for seniors to work? The State Workforce Board's Older Worker Committee has opened nominations for 2017's best employers for workers over the age of 50 in Maine.

"Silver Collar employers understand the value older workers provide to business," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Maine's older citizens play a vital role in our economy as both workers and consumers. Businesses that recognize this will benefit both themselves and our state."

Older workers play an important role in Maine's workforce. Between 2014 and 2024, the impact of minimal population growth and an aging population on Maine's labor force will be partially offset by an expected increase in participation across age groups, particularly among our oldest workers. Maine is the oldest state in the United States, with a median age of 44.5 years. The Silver Collar Employer Award honors employers whose policies and practices match the needs of mature employees, capturing their skills and experience, strong work ethic, flexibility and enthusiasm.

Deadline for entry is Friday, July 28, 2017. For more information and to download the application, visit http://www.maine.gov/swb/committees/older_workers/index.shtml . Questions can be directed to the State Workforce Board at swb.dol@maine.gov or 207-621-5091 / TTY Maine Relay 711.

The State Workforce Board (SWB) is responsible for assisting Governor LePage in improving the state's business climate by designing and implementing strategies that help Mainers enter the workforce as well as advance by increasing their skills. For more information about the SWB or workforce development, visit http//www.maine.gov/swb .

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Maine Unemployment Rate 3.0 Percent in March

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:17:48 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 21, 2017 Contact: Glenn Mills 207-621-5192Workforce conditions continued to improve in March. Preliminary estimates indicate there was a record number of nonfarm and private sector payroll jobs in Maine, which drove the unemployment rate to a new low.**Seasonally Adjusted Statewide Data****Household Survey Estimates -** The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.0 percent for March was the lowest on record since the current estimation methodology was implemented in 1976. It was down from 3.2 percent in February and 3.7 percent one year ago. The number of unemployed was down 4,500 over the year to 21,000. The unemployment rate was below 4 percent in 14 of the last 17 months, only the third such period in the last 41 years.The U.S. preliminary unemployment rate of 4.5 percent was down from 4.7 percent in February and 5.0 percent one year ago. The New England unemployment rate averaged 3.8 percent in March.March unemployment rate estimates for other states in the region were 2.8 percent in New Hampshire, 3.0 percent in Vermont, 3.6 percent in Massachusetts, 4.3 percent in Rhode Island, and 4.8 percent in Connecticut.The employment to population ratio estimate of 61.9 percent remained above the U.S. average of 60.1 percent.**Payroll Survey Estimates -** The preliminary nonfarm payroll jobs estimate of 623,000 for March was up 5,300 from one year ago, reaching a new all-time high. The private sector jobs estimate of 523,200 also was a new high. The largest job gains were in the construction; trade, transportation, and utilities; and education and healthcare sectors.The 99,800 jobs in federal, state, and local governments was unchanged over the year. Government comprised 16.0 percent of nonfarm jobs, the lowest share on record.**Not Seasonally Adjusted Substate Data**The not seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate estimate of 3.6 percent for March was down from 4.5 percent one year ago. Rates declined over the year in all counties. The lowest rate was 2.5 percent in Cumberland County and the highest was 6.9 percent in Washington County.Unemployment rates were lower than the statewide average in all three metro areas: Portland-South Portland (2.6 percent), Lewiston-Auburn (3.2 percent), and Bangor (3.4 percent).April estimates will be released on Friday, May 19 (Data Release Schedule: http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/releaseDates.html ).This release is available here: http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/news/release.html .Labor force and unemployment data is available here: http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/laus1.html .Nonfarm payroll jobs data is available here: http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/ces1.html .**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.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 http://cwri.blogspot.com/2016/04/reports-that-maine-is-losing-jobs-are.html .4. Nonfarm payroll jobs estimates tend to be volatile from month to month because there is variab[...]



Maine Department of Labor Notifies JobLink Account Holders of Hacking Incident

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:28:59 EDT

*Information about identity theft and credit monitoring being provided* FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 24, 2017 MEDIA CONTACT: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009 AUGUSTA-The Maine Department of Labor has begun notifying Maine JobLink account holders whose accounts may have been exposed in a hacking incident of the system provider, America's JobLink Alliance. America's JobLink (AJL), a multi-state, web-based system that links job seekers with employers and operates the Maine JobLink, was the victim of a hacking incident. On March 21, 2017, America's Job Link Alliance-Technical Support confirmed that a malicious, third-party hacker exploited a vulnerability in the AJL application code to view the names, Social Security Numbers, and dates of birth of job seekers in the AJL system. This incident occurred between February 23, 2017 and February 26, 2017. Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette stated, "The incident involving the Maine JobLink is of great concern, and we want to assure our customers that the Department of Labor is working diligently to provide information to those possibly affected. We value our relationship with the people of Maine and take their trust in us seriously." A notice is being provided via the email the Department has on file for affected account holders. It advises that, during the next two weeks, AJLA will be contacting affected individuals in all 10 states who have valid emails to provide helpful information to protect their identity as well as information about the credit monitoring service that will be offered.A copy of the Department's notification is available at https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MEDOL/bulletins/18fcb00 . The Commissioner noted, "If you know that you had a job seeker account in either the Maine Job Bank or the Maine JobLink systems and you know that the email in the system is outdated or you do not receive an email from the Maine Department of Labor by Monday, March 27, we urge you to call the AJLA Response Center. The call center can confirm whether your account was included in the attack and provide you with the information about identity protection and credit monitoring." Maine's account holders can call the AJLA Response Center at (844) 469-3939. The Response Center's hours are 9 a.m. EDT until 9 p.m. EDT, Monday through Friday. Affected individuals can access additional details about the incident and how to protect their information on the AJLA website at http://sitedev.ajla.net/pressrelease.html . Commissioner Paquette added, "Some immediate steps you can take include placing a 90-day fraud alert on your credit reports with the three major credit reporting organizations, obtaining a free credit report, and placing a freeze on your credit report. Maine law allows residents to freeze their credit report at no cost." For more information on how to take these steps, people should visit the Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection's website, http://www.maine.gov/pfr/consumercredit/file_freeze_info.htm, part of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. Individuals who have concerns about a potential identity theft can contact the Attorney General's Office Consumer Line, 1-800-436-2131, which is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. The Department of Labor's notification is being done in accordance with Maine law, Title 10, §1348, Security Breach Notice Requirements. Maine Department of Labor and its CareerCenters are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. -end- [...]



Maine's Private Sector Employment Reached New High in 2016

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 12:40:32 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 9, 2017 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

*Annual Payroll Jobs Benchmark Reveals Strong Gains Last Two Years.*

AUGUSTA-The Center for Workforce Research and Information (CWRI), part of the Maine Department of Labor, has published its annual benchmark of labor force and employment data in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

"I am pleased to announce that the state has reached its pre-recessionary levels of private sector employment," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "We must continue the reforms that have put us on a path to prosperity and not make poor policy choices that will drive workers and job creators from our state. Maine must compete with other states and countries for the people, investments, jobs and industries that will increase the earnings of our people and attract new residents to grow our workforce and meet the needs of these employers."

A blog titled, "2016 Workforce Data Revisions: Stronger Growth Than Previously Thought" (at http://cwri.blogspot.com/2017/03/2016-workforce-data-revisions-stronger.html ), discusses the annual revisions based on more complete data. The revisions indicate the unemployment rate was little changed throughout 2016 and nonfarm payroll job growth was stronger than previously thought.

Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette stated, "Maine's 2016 gain in payroll jobs-6,700-was higher than original estimates and the largest gain since 2000. These revisions also show a stronger gain in 2015. Maine ended last year only 400 total jobs away from our 2007 pre-recession peak, and our private sector reached a new all-time high of 517,300 jobs."

"Our goal at the department is to connect people with good jobs, and it appears that this increase is due in part to increased labor force participation," the Commissioner added. "In our tight labor market, we need everyone who wants to work to contact us so we can make that connection. But we also need to attract new people to live in Maine, and this job growth appears to be helping recruit workers. This is great news for Maine."

In addition to the revision in payroll jobs and the unemployment rate, the broadest measure of labor underutilization, known as U-6, declined to 8.7 percent in 2016. The U-6 rate includes people who want a job but were not engaged in work search, those working part time who want full-time work and the unemployed. Of the 14 years the U-6 measure has been available, it has only been lower in 2006.

CWRI, part of the Maine Department of Labor, develops and disseminates state and area labor market information to assist officials, employers, educators, trainers and the public in making decisions that promote economic opportunity and efficient use of Maine's labor resources.

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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