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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seeker account in either the Maine Job Bank or the Maine JobLink systems and you know that the email in the system is outdated or you do not receive an email from the Maine Department of Labor by Monday, March 27, we urge you to call the AJLA Response Center.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.

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Maine Unemployment Rate 3.2 Percent in February

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:57:23 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 24, 2017 Contact: Glenn Mills 207-621-5192 The Maine Department of Labor, in conjunction with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released February workforce estimates for Maine. **Seasonally Adjusted Statewide Data** **Household Survey Estimates -** The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.2 percent was down from 3.5 percent in January and 3.7 percent one year ago. This was the lowest rate since December 2000. The number of unemployed was down 3,000 over the year to 22,400. The unemployment rate was below 4 percent in 13 of the last 16 months, only the third such period in the last 40 years. The U.S. preliminary unemployment rate of 4.7 percent was little changed from 4.8 percent in January and 4.9 percent one year ago. The employment to population ratio estimate of 61.6 percent remained above the U.S. average of 60.0 percent. The New England unemployment rate averaged 3.7 percent. Rates for other states in the region were 2.7 percent in New Hampshire, 3.0 percent in Vermont, 3.4 percent in Massachusetts, 4.5 percent in Rhode Island, and 4.7 percent in Connecticut. Labor force and unemployment data is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/laus1.html . **Payroll Survey Estimates -** The preliminary nonfarm payroll jobs estimate of 620,200 for February was up 2,900 from one year ago. The largest job gains were in the construction and healthcare sectors. Nonfarm payroll jobs data is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/ces1.html . **Not Seasonally Adjusted Substate Data** The not seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate estimate of 3.9 percent for February was down from 4.7 percent one year ago. Rates declined over the year in all counties. The lowest rate was 2.7 percent in Cumberland County and the highest was 7.0 percent in Washington County. Unemployment rates were lower than the statewide average in all three metro areas: Portland-South Portland (2.9 percent), Lewiston-Auburn (3.4 percent), and Bangor (3.7 percent). March estimates will be released on Friday, April 21 (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 . **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 period from October 2016 to September 2017 will be replaced with actual payroll data in March 2018. Those benchmark revisions are likely to show less volatility than preliminary estimates. -end-[...]



America's JobLink (AJL) Data Incident

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:15:40 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2017 Media Contact: Christine Bohannon, Director, AJLA-TS, christineb@ajla.net *Embargoed until 9 a.m. CDT, March 22, 2017* TOPEKA, Kan., March 21, 2017 - America's JobLink (AJL), a multi-state web-based system that links job seekers with employers, has been the victim of a hacking incident from an outside source. AJLA-TS is developed and maintained by American's Job Link Alliance-Technical Support (AJLA-TS). AJLA-TS has been in business for almost 50 years; this is the first known intrusion AJLA-TS has experienced. On March 21st, AJLA-TS 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 systems of up to ten states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Oklahoma, and Vermont. Upon discovery of this activity, AJLA-TS immediately intervened and deployed its technical team to assess and stop the incursion, disabling the hacker's access to the AJL systems. AJLA-TS is working diligently with law enforcement officials to identify and apprehend the perpetrator. An independent forensic firm is completing work to determine how many job seeker accounts may have been viewed and where those individuals are located. The firm has verified that the method of the hacker's attack has been remediated and is no longer a threat to the AJLA-TS system. AJLA-TS also develops and maintains ReportLink, a workforce program data management system, and CertLink, a Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) management system. The forensic firm has concluded that the code vulnerability did not affect those systems. Media and individuals with additional questions should contact Christine Bohannon, Director, AJLA-TS at christineb@ajla.net. -end-**Information for Maine JobLink Account Holders, Especially Those Containing Valid Social Security Numbers** New accounts created on or after March 16 are not affected. Job seeker accounts that include a valid Social Security Number are potentially at most risk. To check this please log into your JobLink account; as long as you were not actively filing for unemployment benefits you can delete your Social Security Number from your JobLink account. You can do this online without calling the department.Additional information will be sent to the email on file in Maine JobLink to individuals determined most at risk in accordance with state law. The department recommends that you put a freeze on your credit report if you had a valid Social Security Number in your JobLink account. Maine law allows you to freeze your credit report for free. A credit freeze will prevent unauthorized parties from accessing your credit report unless you give them specific permission. Freezing your credit will not affect your credit score. The three Credit Reporting Agencies are Equifax, https://www.freeze.equifax.com ; Experian, https://www.experian.com/freeze/center.html ; and Trans Union, http://www.transunion.com/securityfreeze . It is possible for you to place a free, 90-day fraud alert on your credit reports with the three major credit reporting organizations, and to extend the 90-day alert by calling for an extension after the initial 90 days. Under Maine law, you are also entitled to a free credit report from the three reporting agencies each year. Detailed instructions for taking these steps are available on the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation's website, http://www.maine.gov/pfr/financialinstitutions/consumer/credit_report.htm . Questions can be addressed by calling the Maine Department of Labor at 1-888-457-8883. Due to an expected high call volume, your patience is appreciated.[...]



7th Annual York County Regional Job Fair Happens on April 5

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:46:04 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 20, 2017 Contact: Ben Neveux, York County CareerCenter (work: 207-324-5460, cell: 207-376-5938) Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 621-5009 SPRINGVALE-The York County Regional Job Fair will be held on Wednesday, April 5, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Nasson Community Center, 457 Main Street, Springvale, Maine. More than 90 businesses and organizations participated last year and the department anticipates that the same number of employers will be recruiting at the fair again this year. Job seekers and career changers will have the opportunity to speak with recruiters working to immediately fill open positions in all sectors of Maine's economy to include manufacturing, healthcare, retail, military, defense contracting, aviation, hospitality, insurance, construction and services. "Thousands of good-paying jobs with Maine employers are available at Maine JobLink and our many job fairs around the state," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "With a low unemployment rate, employers are looking to hire. The CareerCenters can help you prepare your resume and practice interviewing to be ready to land your next job at the job fair. Contact your closest Maine CareerCenter today." Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette stated, "This is an employees' market, and the increased competition for workers means that wages are rising. There's no better time than now for workers or people thinking about going back to work to see what is out there and talk to employers at a job fair." Some of the companies that have reserved their spot to exhibit and have immediate job openings include: - Arcadia New England - Arundel Machine Tool - Biddeford School Department - Billy's Chowder House - Bonney Staffing - Catholic Charities - Cianbro - Comfort Keepers of Southern Maine - Community Partners, Inc. - Corning - CoWorx Staffing - Creative Work Systems - Cumberland County Sheriff's Office - Global Partners - Granite Bay Care - Great Bay Services - Hampton Inn - Hay Creek Hotels of Kennebunkport - Home Instead Senior Care - Hussey Seating - In-Home Senior Services - Kelly Services - KFC - Taco Bell - Lucas Tree Expert Co. - Maine Army National Guard - Meadowmere Motel - Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial - Mousam Valley Millwork - NAPA - Neuro Restorative - Nonantum Resort - Nouria Energy - Pike Industries - Portsmouth Naval Shipyard - Pratt & Whitney - Safran Aerospace Composites - Sweetser - Talbot Factory Outlet - United States Army - United States Marine Corps - United States Navy - Varano's Italian Restaurant - Waban Projects - Woodfords Family Services - York County Community Action Corp - York County Federal Credit Union - York's Wild Kingdom And more. Commissioner Paquette will offer opening remarks. She advised, "Whether you are considering a new job, a career change, a summer job or getting back into the workforce, this fair will offer hundreds of opportunities in various industries, occupations and skill levels. The job fair runs until 6 p.m. so that people who are currently working as well as teens can participate." Attendees should bring a resume and be prepared to have an "interview-like" conversation with employers to discuss skills, knowledge areas, and abilities. Job seekers should also be dressed for an interview. The fair is sponsored by the Maine Department of Labor, York County CareerCenter, York County Maine Military Community Network, York County Community College, Sanford/Springvale Chamber of Commerce, and Workforce Solutions. For more information, please contact Ben Neveux at the York County CareerCenter at Bernard.A.Neveux@maine.gov or by telephone at 207-324-5460 or 1-800-343-0151. TTY: users call Maine relay 711. 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 workstation[...]



The latest employer update from the Maine Deaprtment of Labor is out! Wage and Hour Compliance, Maine-at-Work Initiative, Job Fair Season & more

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:29:32 EDT

The latest Employer Update from the Maine Department of Labor is available. Find it at: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MEDOL/bulletins/18b7a4c

Topics include:

- Maine Employers and Job Seekers Head to MAWI this Winter - Maine-at-Work on the Radio - Status of the Federal Overtime Rule - Wage and Hour Compliance Assistance - Video: Protect your business from higher unemployment taxes - Legislative Update - Job Fair Season - How to Contact Unemployment Employer Services - Visit MDOL at the Maine HR Convention - Maine JobLink Software Update - Rulemaking for Employment Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking - Maine Unemployment Rate 3.5 Percent in January - Maine's Private Sector Employment Reached New High in 2016 - 195+ Veterans Hired through Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign

Labor Market Blogs - Blog: 2016 Workforce Data Revisions: Stronger Growth Than Previously Thought - Blog: Job Flows in the Recession and Recovery - Blog: Job Growth in Nonprofit Entities in Maine is Strong -- Here's Why



Maine Unemployment Rate 3.5 Percent in January

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:31:14 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2017Contact: Glenn Mills 207-621-5192The Maine Department of Labor, in conjunction with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released January workforce estimates for Maine.**Seasonally Adjusted Statewide Data****Household Survey Estimates -** The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.5 percent was down from 3.8 percent in December and one year ago, the lowest rate since March 2001. The number of unemployed was down 1,300 over the year to 24,300.The U.S. preliminary unemployment rate of 4.8 percent in January was little changed from 4.7 percent in December and 4.9 percent one year ago. (In February the U.S. unemployment rate was 4.7 percent.)The employment to population ratio estimate of 61.3 percent remained above the U.S. average of 59.9 percent.Unemployment rates for other states were 2.7 percent in New Hampshire, 3.1 percent in Vermont, 3.2 percent in Massachusetts, 4.7 percent in Rhode Island, and 4.5 percent in Connecticut.Labor force and unemployment data is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/laus1.html .**Payroll Survey Estimates -** The preliminary nonfarm payroll jobs estimate of 622,000 for January was up 6,300 from one year ago. The largest job gain was in the education and healthcare sector.Nonfarm payroll jobs data is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/ces1.html .**Not Seasonally Adjusted Substate Data**The not seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate estimate of 4.0 percent for January was down from 4.6 percent one year ago. Rates ranged from 2.8 percent in Cumberland County to 7.7 percent in Washington County. Rates tended to be lower than the statewide average in southern and central counties and higher than average in northern and rim counties.The unemployment rate was below the statewide average in all three metro areas: Portland-South Portland (3.0 percent), Lewiston-Auburn (3.5 percent), and Bangor (3.9 percent).February estimates will be released on Friday, March 24 (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 .NOTES1. 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.html4. 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 period from October 2016 to September 2017 will be replaced with actual payroll data in March 2018. Those benchmark revisions are likely to show less volatility than preliminary estimates.-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 Announces Rulemaking regarding Employment Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 14:17:37 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009 AUGUSTA- The Wage and Hour Division of the Maine Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Standards has proposed changes to the state's rules that protect victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in employment situations. "We must work to prevent domestic violence and assist victims in the most positive way possible," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Domestic abuse targets victims every day. The Department of Labor offers protections to workers or their family members who are victims of domestic violence when they need to take time away from work to get help. Maine employers are compassionate towards victims of abuse, but everyone should be aware of these protections.""State law offers protections for workers who need to take leave from work and also for workers who need to leave their job in order to start over in a safe place," stated Commissioner Paquette. "This rulemaking offers clarifications for both employers and works on the changes to the laws made in 2015."The Commissioner added, "If you have to leave your job because of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, you may be able to file for unemployment benefits as you look for new employment. If you or a loved one is in any of these situations, you should contact the department to learn about your rights under the law."Under Maine's employment laws, an employee who is a victim of domestic violence must be allowed time off from work with or without pay to prepare for and attend court proceedings, receive medical treatment or obtain necessary services to remedy a crisis caused by domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. The employee must request the time off. Leave must also be allowed if the employee's child, parent or spouse is the victim.Under recent changes that went into effect in October 2015, the worker must report the suspected violation to the Department of Labor within six months of the denial of leave. If the department finds that the worker should have been granted leave, a fine of up to $1,000 for each violation may be assessed against the employer. In addition, the employer is liable for liquidated damages in an amount equal to three times the amount of total assessed fines. If the worker was found to have been terminated in violation of the law, the worker may elect either the liquidated damages or reemployment with the employer with back wages.If a worker needs to quit their job due to issues related to being a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, that person might be eligible for unemployment benefits, and the employer's experience rating will not be charged. If the worker has made all reasonable efforts to keep the job but voluntarily leaves work to avoid domestic abuse, the worker may be eligible to file for unemployment benefits. A worker may not be disqualified from receiving benefits because of misconduct if the worker's actions were based solely on the need to protect herself (himself) or an immediate family member from domestic violence, and she made all reasonable efforts to keep the job.The state has proposed changes to the "Rules Governing Employment Leave for Victims of Violence" (proposed rule number: 2017-P028). Public comments may be submitted by noon on Friday, April 7, 2017, to Jeanne St. Pierre, director of legislative and constituent services, Maine Department of Labor, 54 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0054 or by email at Jeanne.StPierre@Maine.gov . The rulemaking notice is available at: http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/rules/notices/2017/030817.html .Maine CareerCenters are available to assist victims look for new employment. Visit http://www.mainecareercenter.gov for locations. Call the department at (207) 623-7900 for answers to questions about these laws or to obtain a copy of the laws. An optional labor law poster [...]



Up to 70 Employers Expected at March 21 Hiring Fair in Brunswick

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 15:23:02 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 7, 2017 Contact: Leon Ouimet, Midcoast CareerCenters, 373-4016 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 621-5009

BRUNSWICK-Job seekers can meet face-to-face with up to 70 expected employers, who have immediate openings, during the 2017 Southern Midcoast Hiring Fair. The recruiting event is Tuesday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., inside the Cook's Corner Mall, 172 Bath Road in Brunswick. It's presented by the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, Maine Department of Labor, Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber, Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc. and Midcoast - Parkview Health.

"Thousands of good-paying jobs with Maine employers are available at Maine JobLink and the many job fairs around the state," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "With a low unemployment rate and an improving employment-to-population ratio, Maine employers are looking to hire. Maine CareerCenters can help you prepare your resume and practice interviewing to land that job by making a direct connection with Maine businesses. Contact your closest Maine CareerCenter today."

Some of the companies that have reserved their spot to exhibit and have immediate job openings include:

- Arcadia New England - Assistance Plus - Bo-Mar Transportation Inc. - Bonney Staffing - Bowdoin College - Catholic Charities - Charter Communications (Formerly Time Warner Cable) - Cianbro - Pittsfield - Comfort Keepers - General Dynamics (Bath Iron Works) - Genesis HealthCare - Hannaford - HW Staffing Solutions - Independence Association - Kelly Services - LifeShare - Lincoln and Sagadahoc Multicounty Jail Authority - Lucas Tree Expert - Maine Department of Transportation - Maine Landcrafters - Maine Medical Center - Manpower - Augusta - Mid Coast-Parkview Health - Midcoast Federal Credit Union - Modern Pest Services - Molnlycke Health Care - NFI North-Oliver Place - Pathways Of Maine - Pine Tree Society - Saturn Associates (Dunkin Donuts) - Sebasco Harbor Resort - Shaw's - Spurwink - Starbucks - Sweetser - TD Bank - The Vicarage by the Sea, Inc. - Times Record - Wal-Mart

And more.

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 no cost.

Call 373-4000 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for monthly job-search workshops. The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, located at 275 Bath Rd, Ste. 3, Brunswick, ME, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, 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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March Programs for Job Seekers at the Lewiston CareerCenter

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 16:23:35 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 3, 2017 Contact: Mary LaFontaine, Lewiston CareerCenter, 207-753-9094 Media 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."Thousands of good-paying jobs with Maine employers are available at Maine JobLink and the many job fairs around the state," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "With a low unemployment rate and an improving employment-to-population ratio, Maine employers are looking to hire. Maine CareerCenters can help you prepare your resume and practice interviewing to land that job by making a direct connection with Maine businesses. Contact your closest Maine CareerCenter today."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 - Monday, March 6, 10 a.m. to Noon**More than 30 employers, 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; and dress to impress!**Introduction to Self-Employment Workshop - Thursday, March 16, 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 753-9005.**Resume Basics and Build a Resume Workshop - Thursday, March 16, 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. Must be able to type your own resume.**Interview Skills/ Mock Interviews - Thursday, March 16, 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!**Career Decision Making - A two-part workshop - Tuesday, March 21, 9 a.m. to noon and Friday, March 24, 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, March 22, 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 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 financ[...]



March Programs for Job Seekers at the York County CareerCenter

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 16:23:49 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 3, 2017 Contact: Dawn Self- Cooper, York County CareerCenter, 207-324-5460 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009SPRINGVALE-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."Thousands of good-paying jobs with Maine employers are available at Maine JobLink and the many job fairs around the state," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "With a low unemployment rate and an improving employment-to-population ratio, Maine employers are looking to hire. Maine CareerCenters can help you prepare your resume and practice interviewing to land that job by making a direct connection with Maine businesses. Contact your closest Maine CareerCenter today."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.**Save the Date: Seventh Annual York County Regional Job Fair, Wednesday, April 5, 2 to 6 p.m., Nasson Community Center, 457 Main Street, Springvale, ME **This is a no cost event. Speak with hiring employers, talk with Career Counselors and Veteran's Representatives. We will continually update our website with a list of employers that will be attending once they have confirmed.**Essentials of College Planning Workshop - Mondays, March 6, 13 and 27, 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 .**University College at Saco to Hosts Series of Career Development Workshops****Thursday, March 9, 1 to 2 p.m. - Resumes and Cover Letters 101****Tuesday, March 21, 1 to 2 p.m. - LinkedIn, the professional networking tool**(Saco) - In a time of competitive job hunting, these workshops are intended to support university students and community members with improved job search skills. The workshops are sponsored by the University of Maine at Augusta and will be broadcast via video-conference at the center. For more information and to register, please contact University College at Saco at 282-4111. **Resume and Interview Coaching - Tuesday, March 21, 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.**Monthly Job Fair at the CareerCenter - Monday, March 27, 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. **Career Exploration Workshop - Thursday, March 30 and Friday, March 31**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.**Employer Recruitments for Mar[...]



March Programs for Job Seekers at the Greater Portland CareerCenter

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 16:24:01 EST

For Immediate Release: March 3, 2017 Contact: Mike Roland, Greater Portland CareerCenter, 822-3300 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009PORTLAND-The Greater Portland CareerCenter announces March programs for job seekers, those who are considering training for a new career, and employers in need of workers."Thousands of good-paying jobs with Maine employers are available at Maine JobLink and the many job fairs around the state," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "With a low unemployment rate and an improving employment-to-population ratio, Maine employers are looking to hire. Maine CareerCenters can help you prepare your resume and practice interviewing to land that job by making a direct connection with Maine businesses. Contact your closest Maine CareerCenter today."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.**Gateways to Employment: Tuesday, March 7, 1 to 4 p.m.**This is the first workshop in a group of workshops offered for job seekers at the Greater Portland CareerCenter. Topics include assessing individual abilities, interests and skills; discovering the "hidden job market;" cover letter tips; job search strategies; and other resources for job seekers. This workshop is targeted to both first time job seekers and those who have not yet been successful in their job search. Pre-registration is necessary. Contact the Reception Desk at 822-3300 to register.**Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation: Wednesday, March 8 and 22, 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 .**Resume Information Seminar: Friday, March 17, 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.**Job-Seeking Workshop for French-Speaking Adults / Atelier Francais: Thursday, March 9 and 23, 9 a.m. to noon**The class is offered at Workforce Solutions, 190 Lancaster Street, Suite 200, Portland, ME. The class, taught in French, will help you discover all CareerCenter services and receive the information you need to find a job. For more information, please call Alida Nisabwe at (207) 822-3346 or email her at alida.nisabwe@maine.gov .**Job Interview Workshop: Friday, March 24, 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 emphasize your strengths and motivate employers to want to hire you, and how to make that great first impression to employers.This workshop is targeted for people just beginning the job search process, or those who have not had success in finding work. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please call 822-3300 to sign up.**Essentials of College Planning for Adults: [...]



March Programs for Job Seekers at the Skowhegan CareerCenter

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 16:24:16 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 3, 2017 Contact: Peter Diplock, Skowhegan CareerCenter, (207) 645-5831 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, (207) 621-5009SKOWHEGAN- Maine CareerCenters bring job seekers and employers together. For those who are looking to make a change in careers or get a new job, the Skowhegan CareerCenter will be offering a variety of programs for job seekers in March."Thousands of good-paying jobs with Maine employers are available at Maine JobLink and the many job fairs around the state," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "With a low unemployment rate and an improving employment-to-population ratio, Maine employers are looking to hire. Maine CareerCenters can help you prepare your resume and practice interviewing to land that job by making a direct connection with Maine businesses. Contact your closest Maine CareerCenter today."All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 474-4950.**Job Search Tips for People with a Criminal History-Monday, March 6, 1 to 2 p.m.**Do you have a criminal background? Are you having trouble finding work? Looking for tips on how to respond to those hard to answer questions? This workshop will help you become a successful job seeker. Workshops start promptly at scheduled time. Please understand admittance may not be possible after the start time. Please register in advance as space may be limited. **Resume and Cover Letter Writing-Tuesdays, March 7 and 21, 1 to 3 p.m.**This workshop provides valuable tips on completing job applications, the importance of cover letters, resume content and formatting, resume writing using computer software programs and much more. Learn why having a great resume is so important in today's job market. A well written resume can get your foot in the door, and the interview - the next step to employment.**It All Starts Here-Monday, March 13, 1 to 3 p.m.**Take the first step towards a great career. In this valuable session you can pinpoint your interests and strengths and find career options that have real potential. This highly validated and reliable vocational assessment is the start in determining your future path or career. Are you investigative? Are you realistic? Are you enterprising or social? This self-directed assessment test will assist in determining a career or vocation choice based upon your personality traits. Find out what types of careers are right for you, right now! "Sometimes you need a change, and sometimes a change is your only option."**Successful Interviewing Skills-Tuesday, March 14, 1 to 3 p.m.**Gain the confidence needed to ace that interview and get the job! Go in thoroughly prepared and positive you are the applicant the employer needs! Successful Interviewing Skills Workshop covers communication techniques, before-the-interview research, attitude and appearance, examples of questions you may be asked, what you can ask the employer, post interview follow-up, and more. Discuss all the "DO'S and DO NOT'S" and what to expect during the process.**Training Program Orientation-Monday, March 20, 1 to 3 p.m.**Do you have the skills you need to advance in your career or get a new job? Thinking about education or training options that will help you get ahead? If you qualify, CareerCenters can work with you to set goals, find training and identify financial resources to make your plan possible. CareerCenters are the providers of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) services in Maine. If you live in Somerset County, the Skowhegan CareerCenter may be able to help.**Essentials of College Planning for Adults-Wednesday, March 8 and Thursday, March 23, 10 a.m.**This interactive workshop touches on[...]



March Programs for Job Seekers at the Presque Isle CareerCenter

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 16:24:38 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 3, 2017 Contact: Patty Perry, Presque Isle CareerCenter, 207-760-6300 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

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

"Thousands of good-paying jobs with Maine employers are available at Maine JobLink and the many job fairs around the state," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "With a low unemployment rate and an improving employment-to-population ratio, Maine employers are looking to hire. Maine CareerCenters can help you prepare your resume and practice interviewing to land that job by making a direct connection with Maine businesses. Contact your closest Maine CareerCenter today."

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 - March, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 9:00 a.m.**

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

**Financial Aid - Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 9 a.m.**

Get assistance with college planning and financial aid. Preregister at 800-281-3703 or http://meoc.maine.edu .

**Spring Job Fair, Northern Maine Community College - Thursday, March 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.**

Come and meet local employers who have open positions. Spruce up that resume and get ready to speak to employers and get the job you want.

**Maine JobLink Resume Creation - Wednesday, March 15 at 9 a.m.**

Learn how to create a resume utilizing the Maine JobLink resume tool

**Accident Investigation/Injury Analysis - Wednesday, March 29, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**

When work doesn't go as planned, accidents and near-misses happen. Investigating these incidents can prevent similar or even more serious problems from happening. Learn how to conduct a thorough accident/incident investigation and how to use your results to prevent future accidents. Interested participants should contact SafetyWorks! at 207-623-7900.

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, 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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Maine Employers and Job Seekers head to MAWI this Winter

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 15:26:14 EST

*The Maine-at-Work Initiative (MAWI) simplifies accessing workforce resources for both employers and job seekers.*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2, 2017 MEDIA CONTACT: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009AUGUSTA-In response to the growing need to connect employers and skilled job seekers, the Maine Department of Labor (MDOL) and its workforce partners have launched the Maine-at-Work Initiative (MAWI) to better educate each group about the many available recruitment and training resources."One of the priorities of my Administration has been to bring prosperity to Maine's people with careers that pay good wages," stated Governor Paul R. LePage. "Not only will Maine-at-Work help more employers and workers make those career connections, it also cuts through the red tape of the system, making it simple for businesses and job seekers to get the information and training support they need.""Maine's labor market is tightening and our employers need workers with the right skills," stated Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette. "Maine-at-Work builds on our successful Hire-A-Vet model by providing employers and job seekers one convenient, state-wide point of contact to help people get hired and trained. As a former HR executive and business owner, I know that employers and job seekers don't have time to research and navigate the many job training and hiring programs available. Instead, with one call, we start that process for our customers and bring the right resources to the table."A variety of no-cost employment and training services are available through MDOL's CareerCenters and their service-provider partners in the American Job Center (AJC) network. Visit http://www.maine.gov/maineatwork to get started.Job seekers, including people exploring a career change, veterans, laid-off workers and persons with disabilities, will find how to contact their closest Maine CareerCenter. Visit a CareerCenter to find out if you may be eligible for no-cost training and job placement programs including assistance with tuition and fees, books and supplies, transportation, childcare, and direct connection with employment opportunities.For example, Western Maine Community Action CareerCenter staff worked with a young lady, 21, who was unemployed. She is a single mother of three children under the age of five. With the CareerCenter's assistance, she secured a full-time job with full-time daycare and transportation to her worksite. She has completed her Personal Support Specialist course and is going on to a Certified Nursing Assistant program.Employers with workforce challenges can submit an online inquiry at http://www.maine.gov/maineatwork/employer.shtml or can contact Eileen Miazga at (207) 623-7966 or maineatwork.dol@maine.gov . MDOL will coordinate behind-the-scenes to identify the best partner to respond to the employer's need, whether it's local, regional or state wide. No-cost services may include help in hiring skilled employees, upskill current staff, help with funding for training, creation of internal career pathways that increase employee engagement, and posting job opportunities and recruiting their workforce at CareerCenters and on Maine JobLink."Alere Scarborough has benefited significantly from these grants and programs and believe that our competitiveness in the global marketplace is greater due to these programs," said Jason Hallee, director of operations, Alere Scarborough, Inc. Alere worked with Workforce Solutions, utilizing paid internships made possible through a Coastal Counties Workforce Inc. Make It in America Grant, creating an "internship at almost no cost to Alere," Hallee added."Cianbro is proud of our long standing partnership with the Maine Departmen[...]