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More than 20 Employers Hiring at Sept 25 Job Fair in Augusta

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:22:58 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2017 Contact: Peter Diplock, 207-624-5183 Media Contact: Laura Hudson, Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

AUGUSTA-More than 20 employers are recruiting at the Augusta CareerCenter from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, September 25, at 21 Enterprise Drive, Augusta, ME. 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.

"Thousands of Maine employers are hiring right now. Connect with hundreds of them face-to-face at job fairs around the state this fall," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Maine CareerCenters host or participate in several job fairs each month at locations all across the state. Visit mainecareercenter.gov for an updated list of hiring events and connect with your closest CareerCenter. You can print your resume for free in the days leading up to the job fair and take advantage of other assistance to be ready to make a great first impression."

Participating employers include:

- Access Worldwide Communications - AngleZ Behavioral Health Services - Bonney Staffing - Bridges Home Services - City of Augusta - Community Health & Counseling Services - Cozy Harbor Seafood - Goodwill - H&R Block - Johnny's Selected Seeds - Kaplan University - Kennebec Valley Community Action Program - Lincolnville Communications, Inc. - Maine D.O.T. - Manpower - NRF Distributors - OnProcess Technology - Pathways of Maine - Shaw's - T-Mobile - Unity College - VA Nurse Program - Wholistic Home Care of Maine

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.

The Augusta CareerCenter, located at 21 Enterprise Drive, Suite 2, is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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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Maine Unemployment Rate 3.8 Percent in August

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:17:44 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 15, 2017 Contact: Glenn Mills 207-621-5192AUGUSTA - Labor market conditions continue to be tight throughout much of the state.**Seasonally Adjusted Statewide Data** Household Survey Estimates - The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.8 percent for August was little changed from 3.7 percent in July and 4.0 percent one year ago. The number of unemployed was down 1,000 over the year to 26,800. At 23 months, this is the second longest period in more than 40 years that the unemployment rate has been 4.0 percent or less.The U.S. preliminary unemployment rate of 4.4 percent for August was little changed from 4.3 percent for July and down from 4.9 percent one year ago. The New England unemployment rate averaged 4.0 percent.August unemployment rate estimates for other states in the region were 2.7 percent in New Hampshire, 3.0 percent in Vermont, 4.2 percent in Massachusetts, 4.3 percent in Rhode Island, and 4.8 percent in Connecticut.The employment to population ratio estimate of 61.7 percent remained above the U.S. average of 60.1 percent.**Payroll Survey Estimates -** The preliminary nonfarm payroll jobs estimate was up 2,700 from one year ago to 620,800 in August. The largest job gains continued to be in the healthcare, hospitality, and construction sectors.**Not Seasonally Adjusted Substate Data** The not seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate estimate of 3.1 percent for August was down slightly from 3.3 percent one year ago. The lowest rate was 2.5 percent in Cumberland County and the highest was 4.7 percent in Washington County.The unemployment rate was below the statewide average in the Portland-South Portland (2.5 percent) metro area and close to the average in the Lewiston-Auburn (3.0 percent) and Bangor (3.3 percent) metro areas.September estimates will be released on Friday, October 20 (Data Release Schedule: http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/releaseDates.html ).This release is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/news/release.html .Labor force and unemployment data is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/laus1.html .Nonfarm payroll jobs data is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/ces1.html .Monthly workforce estimates are cooperatively produced and released by the Maine Department of Labor, Center for Workforce Research and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.**NOTES**1. Preliminary labor force estimates, including rates (labor force participation, employment, and unemployment rates), and levels (labor force, employed, and unemployed) tend to move in a direction for several months and then reverse course. Those directional trends are largely driven by a smoothing procedure and may not indicate a change in underlying workforce conditions. Annual revisions (published in March each year) tend to moderate or eliminate those directional patterns. A comparison of 2016 preliminary and revised unemployment rate estimates is available at www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/blogs/2016_workforce_data_revisions.pdf .2. The 90 percent confidence interval for statewide unemployment rates in 2017 is 0.7 percentage points above or below the published estimate each month.3. To assess employment growth, we recommend looking at nonfarm jobs from the payroll survey rather than resident employment from the household survey. The payroll survey is larger, has smaller margins of error, and is subject to smaller revisions. More on the differences in accuracy of the two measures is at www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/blogs/imprecise_data.pdf .4. Nonfarm payroll jobs estimates tend to be volatile from month to month because there is variability in the sample of reporting employers and their representativeness for the universe of all employers. Additionally, 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 specif[...]



September Programs for Job Seekers at the Lewiston CareerCenter

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 10:04:07 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 7, 2017Contact: Mary LaFontaine, Lewiston CareerCenter, 207-753-9094Media Contact: Laura Hudson, 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."Maine reached an all-time high in payroll jobs this year, and our unemployment rate has been under 4.0 percent for 22 consecutive months," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "There is no better time to find work than now, especially as we head into the fall hiring season. Maine CareerCenters can help you update your resume, practice interview skills, or connect you with education or training, and you may qualify for free tuition. Our employers need you. Make yourself standout from other applicants-take the first step and contact your 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.**Career Decision Making - Friday, September 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.**Review the factors involved in making career decisions, assessment tools used, and other resources. Apply the information you gain from assessments to identify career and training steps to achieve career goals. **Introduction to Self-Employment Workshop - Thursday, September 14, 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.**Orientation for People with Disabilities - Wednesday, September 27, 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.**New Mainers Workshop - Thursday, September 28, 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 September 15 by calling 753-9005.**Resume Basics and Build a Resume Workshop - Thursday, September 28, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**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. Please bring your work history profile from Maine JobLink. Must be able to type your own resume.**Interview Skills / Mock Interviews - Thursday, September 28, 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!**Gateway to Employment - Every Wednesday, 9 to 11:30 a.m.**Learn how the CareerCenter can help you! Provides an overview of basic information on resumes, interviews and job search skills, as well as CareerCenter and community resources available to you during your job search.**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.**Training Projects****Manufacturing Training:** Learn detailed entry-level sk[...]



September Programs for Job Seekers at the Skowhegan CareerCenter

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 09:51:40 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 7, 2017Contact: Peter Diplock, Skowhegan CareerCenter, (207) 474-4950Media Contact: Laura Hudson, 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 September."Maine reached an all-time high in payroll jobs this year, and our unemployment rate has been under 4.0 percent for 22 consecutive months," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "There is no better time to find work than now, especially as we head into the fall hiring season. Maine CareerCenters can help you update your resume, practice interview skills, or connect you with education or training, and you may qualify for free tuition. Our employers need you. Make yourself standout from other applicants-take the first step and contact your closest CareerCenter." All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 474-4950.**GATEway to Employment - Wednesdays, September, 13, 20 and 27, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.**This workshop will provide you more information about the resources that the CareerCenter has to offer, including the newest tools to assist you in conducting an efficient and productive job search. Topics covered include: how to tap into the "hidden job market," identifying the skills you have to offer employers, tips on successfully completing applications, resumes and cover letters and how to register and apply for jobs posted through the CareerCenter.**Essentials of College Planning for Adults-Wednesday, September 20, 10 a.m.**This workshop introduces people to educational opportunities in general and MEOC services in particular. This interactive workshop touches on the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career and study skills. The Financial Aid portion of this workshop will provide an overview of financial basics and the completion of the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This session is held at the DHHS offices located next door to the CareerCenter. It is the same building but go through the DHHS entrance doors. Please call to pre-register: 1-800-281-3703.**Computer Skill Basics: Start at the Beginning - Wednesday, September 20, 1 to 3 p.m.**This course is designed for the novice user to learn the basics of the computer components:- Understanding the mouse & Keyboard.- Cover the "basics" of typing a document using Microsoft Word.- Learn to get you "up and running" with your job search.**Job Search Tips for People with a Criminal History - Monday, September 11, 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. Register in advance as space may be limited. **Successful Interviewing Skills - Tuesday, September 12, 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.**It All Starts Here - Monday, September 18, 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. This self-directed assessment test will assist in determining a career or vocation choice based upon your personality traits.**Resume and Cover Letter Writing [...]



September Programs for Job Seekers at the Wilton CareerCenter

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 12:25:56 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 5, 2017

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

Media Contact: Tim Sardano, Department of Labor, (207) 626-6232

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

"Maine reached an all-time high in payroll jobs this year, and our unemployment rate has been under 4.0 percent for 22 consecutive months," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "There is no better time to find work than now, especially as we head into the fall hiring season. Maine CareerCenters can help you update your resume, practice interview skills, or connect you with education or training, and you may qualify for free tuition. Our employers need you. Make yourself standout from other applicants-take the first step and contact your closest CareerCenter."

**Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation- Thursday, September 7, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Wilton CareerCenter 865 Us Route 2E Wilton, and Wednesday, September 20, 2 to 4 p.m., Region 9--School of Applied Technology, 377 River Rd, Mexico**

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

**Employer Expectations-Wednesday, September 13, 1 to 3 p.m.**

The workshop will cover the following topics:

- Creating a Great Resume - Preparing for Your Interview - Preparing for a New Job

This workshop is facilitated by Barclaycard US. It is not a recruitment effort for Barclaycard US; it is a workshop for people applying for all different types of jobs. Slots are limited; please call 645-5800 to RSVP. Individual follow-ups may occur for Resume Critique as requested.

**Essentials of College Planning-Thursday, September 21, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.**

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 Financial Aid portion of this workshop will provide an overview of financial basics and the completion of the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Call to pre-register: 1-800-281-3703

**Small Business Trainings-Call for more information**

Small Business Administration will be offering three different workshops:

- "Starting Your Own Small Business" - "Access to Capital" - "Federal and State Resources for Small Business"

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

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

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

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

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September Programs for Job Seekers at the Rockland CareerCenter

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 10:36:47 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 5, 2017Contact: David Grima, Rockland CareerCenter, 207-596-2600Media Contact: Tim Sardano, Maine Department of Labor, 207-626-6232ROCKLAND-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."Maine reached an all-time high in payroll jobs this year, and our unemployment rate has been under 4.0 percent for 22 consecutive months," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "There is no better time to find work than now, especially as we head into the fall hiring season. Maine CareerCenters can help you update your resume, practice interview skills, or connect you with education or training, and you may qualify for free tuition. Our employers need you. Make yourself standout from other applicants-take the first step and contact your closest CareerCenter." 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, Sept. 6, 1 to 3 p.m.**Introduction to services for job seekers with a disability that makes it difficult to obtain or keep a job.**Training Orientation-Wednesdays, September 13 and 27, 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.**Career Directions / Putting the Pieces Together-Thursday, Sept. 14, 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.**Resume and Cover Letter Writing-Thursday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m. to Noon**Shows the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter.**Effective Interviewing Skills-Thursday, September 28, 9 a.m. to noon****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 organization.****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 Administrative office at 207-386-1664 or go to www.newventuresmaine.org . Greater Rockland office located at University College Rockland, 91 Camden Street Suite #402 Rockland, Maine 04841.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.Follow and keep track of our latest events on LinkedIn, Facebook an[...]



September Programs for Job Seekers at the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 10:20:30 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 5, 2017Contact: Leon Ouimet Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 207-373-4000Media Contact: Tim Sardano, Maine Department of Labor, 207-626-6232BRUNSWICK - 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. "Maine reached an all-time high in payroll jobs this year, and our unemployment rate has been under 4.0 percent for 22 consecutive months," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "There is no better time to find work than now, especially as we head into the fall hiring season. Maine CareerCenters can help you update your resume, practice interview skills, or connect you with education or training, and you may qualify for free tuition. Our employers need you. Make yourself standout from other applicants-take the first step and contact your closest CareerCenter." 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 www.mainecareercenter.gov or call 207-373-4000.**Career Directions / Putting the Pieces Together-Wednesday. September 6, 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.**Essentials of College Planning Workshop - Tuesdays, September 12 and 26**Christy Le from the Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) offers a free workshop for adults 19 and older covering College Awareness and Planning along with the Federal Financial Aide process. She will assist participants in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For times and to register for the next available session or for more information, call 1-800-281-3703 or visit MEOC's website, meoc.maine.edu . **Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop-Wednesday, September 13, 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, September 20, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips.**Gateways to Employment-Every Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. to Noon**Designed to help you jump start your work search with the latest tips and tools you'll need to know to conduct a successful job search in today's labor market. **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:**Workforce Solutions** administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you are at least 16 years of age and think you might benefit from training that could be classroom based or on the job, contact the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter in Brunswick at 207-373-4000 to speak with a Workforce Solutions representative.**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 207-386-1664 or go to www.newventuresmaine.org Workshops are held at Brunswick Landing at the University College administrative offices, found on the campus of Southern Maine Community Col[...]



September Programs for Job Seekers at the Presque Isle CareerCenter

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 09:28:21 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 5, 2017

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

Media Contact: Tim Sardano, Maine Department of Labor, 626-6232

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

"Maine reached an all-time high in payroll jobs this year, and our unemployment rate has been under 4.0 percent for 22 consecutive months," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "There is no better time to find work than now, especially as we head into the fall hiring season. Maine CareerCenters can help you update your resume, practice interview skills, or connect you with education or training, and you may qualify for free tuition. Our employers need you. Make yourself standout from other applicants-take the first step and contact your closest CareerCenter."

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.

**Financial Aid - Tuesdays, September 12, 19 and 26 at 9 a.m.**

Get assistance with college planning and financial aid. Call Patrick at 694-0718 to register or visit http://meoc.maine.edu.

**Creating Winning Resumes - Fridays, September 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 9:00 a.m.**

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

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

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 08:50:51 EDT

For Immediate Release: September 5, 2017Contact: Mike Roland, Greater Portland CareerCenter, 822-3300Media Contact: Tim Sardano, Maine Department of Labor, 626-6232PORTLAND-The Greater Portland CareerCenter announces September programs for job seekers, those who are considering training for a new career and employers in need of workers."Maine reached an all-time high in payroll jobs this year, and our unemployment rate has been under 4.0 percent for 22 consecutive months," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "There is no better time to find work than now, especially as we head into the fall hiring season. Maine CareerCenters can help you update your resume, practice interview skills, or connect you with education or training, and you may qualify for free tuition. Our employers need you. Make yourself standout from other applicants-take the first step and contact your 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.**Greater Portland CareerCenter Job Fair: Wednesday, September 6, Noon to 3 p.m.**More than 25 employers will be recruiting and accepting resumes at the Greater Portland CareerCenter's monthly job fair. Employers have the availability to use the resources of the Career Center for recruiting, interviewing, and testing, while job seekers are able to meet a variety of employers. A list of Employers who will be attending Job Fair can be found on the CareerCenter website at www.mainecareercenter.gov. Come dressed for success and bring copies of your resume.**Resume Information Seminar: Friday, September 8 and 22, 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. **Career Exploration Workshop (CEW): Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12; Pre-Assessment on Thursday, September 7**This extensive and informative two-day workshop is offered to Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Clients at the Greater Portland 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.**Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation: Wednesdays, September 13 and 27, 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. You can also view a video of the orientation online at http://www.maine.gov/rehab/vr_orientation.shtml .**Employers' Emporium: Wednesday, September 27, 1:30 p.m.**This workshop is designed to help employers identify and develop tools that will enable them to attract and retain the workforce they need in this very tight labor market. Our September session will feature Rachel Knight of Destination Occupation, which produces and distributes career exploration videos tailored to specific occupations and employers.Destination Occupation has produced dozens of professional, engaging and relevant videos for clients that include Jotul North America, Hancock Lumber, SIGCO, and BIW. This growing video library is being used in school[...]



Annual Deaf Culture Awards, Tea in Hall of Flags Sept. 21

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 10:00:43 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 31, 2017

Contact: Nancy Winter 623-7958 (voice); 623-7998 (TTY)

Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 621-5009

AUGUSTA - In celebration of Deaf culture and the heritage of American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf literature, art and folklore, Governor Paul R. LePage has issued a proclamation designating the week of Sept. 24 through 30, 2017, as Deaf Culture Week.

"Deaf Culture Week in Maine and the annual awards serve as important reminders of the many contributions of our citizens," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "I congratulate and thank all of the awardees for their achievements. Their work benefits not only people who are deaf or hard of hearing but all of our communities."

The Commission for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened will hold its 26th Annual Award Ceremony and Tea on Sept. 21, 2017, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Hall of Flags at the State House. This year, the commission will present six awards in six categories to individuals who have contributed to Deaf culture in Maine. Award recipients are:

- Clifton F. Rodgers Award ~ Lifetime Achievement Award - Bonnie M. Snow

- Ginny Hewes Award ~ Advocate for the Needs of the Deaf Community Award - Carrie J. Pierce

- Special Commendation Award - Dawna Marie Thorpe

- Promoting ASL, Deaf Culture and Deaf People Award - John I. Post

- Outstanding Citizenship Award - Debra Reynolds

- Citizenship Youth Award - Kailey Ouellette

Michelle Ames, Deaf Services, Disability Rights Maine, will give the keynote address.

The Division of the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened, part of the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) in the Department of Labor, works to bring about full access to employment, independence and community integration for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

"I encourage employers to diversify their workforce by including people with disabilities," said Governor LePage. "The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services can facilitate that through vocational rehabilitation, training assistance and advice for employers."

For more information about hiring people with disabilities or identifying job training resources for people with disabilities, visit your local CareerCenter, http://www.mainecareercenter.gov , call 1-855-ALL-HIRE (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) or visit http://employmentforme.org .

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

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Augusta Resident, UMF Student, Interns at the Maine Department of Labor

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:24:02 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 18, 2017

Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

AUGUSTA-This summer, Kelsey Rohman of Augusta participated in the Maine Government Summer Internship Program with the Maine Department of Labor. Rohman spent 12 weeks working for the department as an intern with the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS).

Rohman, a rising-Junior Psychology major with a minor in Rehab Services at the University of Maine Farmington, worked on various projects for the department. Rohman helped with organizational and clerical work throughout the department, BRS, the Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI) and Maine CareerCenters. She frequently observed different aspects of varying departments, whether it be sitting in on an intake, traveling and coordinating with other CareerCenters, researching legislative and federal information for her co-workers, or photographing program participants and work-site sponsors.

"I cannot stress enough how extremely lucky I was to have had this opportunity to work for the State of Maine," said Rohman. "I have never met so many unique individuals who seem to genuinely care about helping others achieve their goals and aspirations regarding employment. Seeing this frame of mind towards a job is very inspiring and I hope to one day feel the same about an occupation."

"Kelsey was an enthusiastic contributor to the department this summer, and we appreciate her efforts on behalf of the people we serve," stated Commissioner of Labor John Butera. "Internships help students learn skills that will help them as they transition into the workforce, and open them to a wide range of job opportunities in Maine. These work experiences play an important role in not only addressing the recruiting and retention challenges for our employers, but encourages young people to move to or stay in Maine."

The department administers Maine's unemployment insurance system, helps ensure the safety of employees and provides workforce development leadership and vocational rehabilitation services throughout the state. The department has focused on connecting Mainers to jobs and helping businesses create jobs through strengthening our workforce development system, improving outreach to businesses and clarifying employment regulations.

The Maine State Government Internship Program combines paid work experience with education. Administered by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine, it is a collaboration involving the Office of the Governor, the Maine Bureau of Human Resources and Maine state government agencies.

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Augusta Resident, Wagner College Student, Interns at the Maine Department of Labor

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:25:32 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 18, 2017

Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

AUGUSTA-This summer, Benjamin Lucas of Augusta participated in the Maine Government Summer Internship Program with the Maine Department of Labor. Lucas spent 12 weeks working for the department as an Organizational Assistant for the Bureau of Labor Standards.

Lucas, a rising-Senior Political Science major at Wagner College in Staten Island, NY, worked on various projects for the department, including updating and organizing bureau policies and procedures and creating a formal template for the procedures to follow.

"Starting this internship, I wanted to gain experience and knowledge about how state government functions, and I learned a ton about how much the Department of Labor does for the people of Maine and how much state government can do," said Lucas. "It was a great experience learning about it."

"Ben was an enthusiastic contributor to the department this summer, and we appreciate his efforts on behalf of the people we serve," stated Commissioner of Labor John Butera. "Internships help students learn skills that will help them as they transition into the workforce, and open them to a wide range of job opportunities in Maine. These work experiences play an important role in not only addressing the recruiting and retention challenges for our employers, but encourages young people to move to or stay in Maine."

The department administers Maine's unemployment insurance system, helps ensure the safety of employees and provides workforce development leadership and vocational rehabilitation services throughout the state. The department has focused on connecting Mainers to jobs and helping businesses create jobs through strengthening our workforce development system, improving outreach to businesses and clarifying employment regulations.

The Maine State Government Internship Program combines paid work experience with education. Administered by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine. It is a collaboration involving the Office of the Governor, the Maine Bureau of Human Resources and Maine state government agencies.

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Maine Unemployment Rate 3.7 Percent in July

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:17:58 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 18, 2017 Contact: Glenn Mills 207-621-5192AUGUSTA - The statewide unemployment rate has been four percent or less for 22 consecutive months, the second longest stretch in over 40 years. The trend in payroll job growth continues to be positive.**Seasonally Adjusted Statewide Data** Household Survey Estimates - The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.7 percent for July was up slightly from 3.5 percent in June and down from 4.0 percent one year ago. The number of unemployed was down 1,500 over the year to 26,200.The U.S. preliminary unemployment rate of 4.3 percent for July was little changed from 4.4 percent for June and down from 4.9 percent one year ago. The New England unemployment rate averaged 4.1 percent.July unemployment rate estimates for other states in the region were 2.8 percent in New Hampshire, 3.1 percent in Vermont, 4.3 percent in Massachusetts, 4.3 percent in Rhode Island, and 5.0 percent in Connecticut.The employment to population ratio estimate of 61.8 percent remained above the U.S. average of 60.2 percent.**Payroll Survey Estimates -** The preliminary nonfarm payroll jobs estimate was up 6,300 from one year ago to 624,400 in July. The largest job gains were in the healthcare, hospitality, and construction sectors.**Not Seasonally Adjusted Substate Data** The not seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate estimate of 3.5 percent for July was down slightly from 3.7 percent one year ago. The lowest rates were 2.8 percent in Cumberland and Knox Counties and the highest was 5.4 percent in Washington County.The unemployment rate was below the statewide average in the Portland-South Portland (2.8 percent) metro area and close to the average in the Lewiston-Auburn (3.4 percent) and Bangor (3.7 percent) metro areas.August estimates will be released on Friday, September 15 (Data Release Schedule: http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/releaseDates.html ).This release is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/news/release.html .Labor force and unemployment data is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/laus1.html .Nonfarm payroll jobs data is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/ces1.html .Monthly workforce estimates are cooperatively produced and released by the Maine Department of Labor, Center for Workforce Research and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.**NOTES**1. Preliminary labor force estimates, including rates (labor force participation, employment, and unemployment rates), and levels (labor force, employed, and unemployed) tend to move in a direction for several months and then reverse course. Those directional trends are largely driven by a smoothing procedure and may not indicate a change in underlying workforce conditions. Annual revisions (published in March each year) tend to moderate or eliminate those directional patterns. A comparison of 2016 preliminary and revised unemployment rate estimates is available at www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/blogs/2016_workforce_data_revisions.pdf.2. The 90 percent confidence interval for statewide unemployment rates in 2017 is 0.7 percentage points above or below the published estimate each month.3. To assess employment growth, we recommend looking at nonfarm jobs from the payroll survey rather than resident employment from the household survey. The payroll survey is larger, has smaller margins of error, and is subject to smaller revisions. More on the differences in accuracy of the two measures is at www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/blogs/imprecise_data.pdf .4. Nonfarm payroll jobs estimates tend to be volatile from month to month because there is variability in the sample of reporting employers and their representativeness for the universe of all employers. Additionally, seasonal adjust[...]



2017 Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign Kick-Off Event and Hiring Fair to be held August 29 at Augusta Armory

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:45:51 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 16, 2017Media Contacts: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009*The Campaign's goal is for 100+ employers to hire 100+ veterans during 100 days.*AUGUSTA- The 2017 Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign kicks-off at 8:30 a.m. on August 29 at the Augusta Armory, 179 Western Avenue, in a statewide effort to commit at least 100 employers to hire at least 100 veterans and military family members during the 100-day period. Opening remarks from First Lady Ann LePage and Labor Commissioner John Butera will be followed by a hiring fair with more than 120 employers that are looking to recruit veterans, military family members and civilians. The event is open to the public."Through the Hire-A-Vet campaign, more employers are discovering the value veterans bring to their workforce," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Ann and I fully support this successful initiative, and look forward to helping make this year's effort reach more employers and get more veterans good paying careers in our state. Whether you are a veteran or an employer, we urge you to connect with this campaign to help us meet Maine's workforce needs. Veterans' skills include teamwork, leadership, technology, and tremendous discipline that can benefit all of our businesses."The Maine Hire-A-Vet campaign provides support for employers to expand the hiring of veterans, to include a network of state and federal agencies, resources and nonprofits, education on military language and culture, recruiting and hiring assistance, and recognition for the hiring and advancement of veterans and military family members. Employers who want to join the 2017 Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign can contact Steven Roy, Campaign Coordinator, at 207-624-5156 or MaineHireAVet.DOL@maine.gov. TTY users call Maine Relay 711.At the end of the 2016 Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign, 147 employers had participated and 197 veterans were hired with an average placement wage of $22.23 per hour. Follow the campaign on social media with #MHAV17 and on Facebook, @MaineHireAVet.The Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign is co-sponsored by Maine Department of Labor and its CareerCenters, Boots2Roots, Easter Seals and their Veterans Count program, Live + Work in Maine, Maine Bureau of Veterans Services, Transition Assistance Advisors, VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment, Veterans, Inc., and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment.Veterans, military family members and civilians seeking assistance in job search and training are encouraged to contact their closest Maine CareerCenter, which can be found online at www.mainecareercenter.gov/locations. Veterans Representatives and Career Counselors are available at each location. Employers that pledge to join the campaign are not required to hire veterans they interview in order to participate.Maine Department of Labor and Maine CareerCenters are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.- END - **Exhibitors**- AAA Northern New England- Acadia National Park- Adecco- Aero Heating & Ventilating, Inc.- Anderson Merchandisers- AngleZ Behavioral Health Services- athenahealth- Backyard Farms- Bath Iron Works- Blane Casey Building Contractor, Inc.- Bonney Staffing- Boston Brands of Maine- Break of Day Mental Health Group- Capital Area Staffing Solutions, Inc.- Care & Comfort- Catholic Charities- Central Maine Healthcare- Cianbro- City of Augusta - Community Health & Counseling Services- Community Partners Inc. - Cumberland County Sheriff's Office- Cunningham Security Systems- Dead River Company- DuraLife-Integrity Composites LLC - EMHS- ESM, Inc.- Fedcap Rehabilitation Services, Inc.- Fisher Engineering- Freedom Xpress Inc.- Futureguard B[...]



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

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:03:10 EDT

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

*Department of Labor issues clarification for employers*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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