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December Programs for Job Seekers at the Presque Isle CareerCenter

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:32:27 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 2, 2016 Contact: Patty Perry, Presque Isle CareerCenter, 207-760-6300 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

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

"As employers hire for the winter season and in preparation of 2017, no Mainers should feel that the job market is too competitive for them. There are good-paying jobs available," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Maine JobLink has about 10,000 jobs from hundreds of local employers, and our CareerCenters continue to hold monthly job fairs with dozens of companies looking to hire. Visit your closest CareerCenter to help you find a job by improving your resume and practicing for that interview, not to mention many opportunities to train for a new career."

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, December 6, 13 and 20 at 9 a.m.**

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

**Creating Winning Resumes - Fridays, December 9, 16, 23 and 30, 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.com .

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

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

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:11:37 EST

For Immediate Release: November 30, 2016 Contact: Mike Roland, Greater Portland CareerCenter, 822-3300 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009PORTLAND-The Greater Portland CareerCenter announces December programs for job seekers, those who are considering training for a new career, and employers in need of workers."As employers hire for the winter season and in preparation of 2017, no Mainers should feel that the job market is too competitive for them. There are good-paying jobs available," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Maine JobLink has about 10,000 jobs from hundreds of local employers, and our CareerCenters continue to hold monthly job fairs with dozens of companies looking to hire. Visit your closest CareerCenter to help you find a job by improving your resume and practicing for that interview, not to mention many opportunities to train for a new career."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, December 7, Noon to 3 p.m.**Employers will be available to accept resumes, interview, provide listings of open positions, information on training resources, and answer question on positions for which they are recruiting. Come dressed for success and bring copies of your resume.A list of employers from Cumberland and York Counties will be found online at http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/employment/jobfairs.shtml .**Veterans Career Connection and Collaboration Council: Friday, December 2, 9 to 11 a.m.**Are you a Veteran looking for work? Come join the Portland Job Search Group run by Veterans for Veterans. You will be able to meet, network, and share best practices with fellow Veteran job seekers. A Veteran CareeerCenter Consultant and a panel of Veteran professionals will be able to discuss job search issues and other issues that you feel are creating a barrier to your successful employment.Pre-registration by emailing allen.blackstone@maine.gov is suggested but not required.**Resume Information Seminar: Friday, December 2 and 16, 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: December 5, 6, 12 and 13**This extensive and informative 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. Registration through Vocational Rehabilitation is required. Please call 822-3300 and ask for Vocational Rehabilitation to register.**Gateways to Employment: Tuesday, December 6 and 20, 1 to 4 p.m.**Topics include assessing individual abilities interests and skills, discovering the unadvertised 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.**Essentials of College Planning for Adults: Every Tuesday in December by Appointment Only**You will discuss college and trade schools in our region, entrance requirements, readiness and transitional issues, admission issues and financial aid. Bring your 2015 Federal Tax Return and your High School or GED Transcripts (if available). Please contact Randi Paine at 1-800-281-3703, to register.**Unemployed Professionals Group: Every Tuesday in December, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon**The group offers real time networking, professional advice, current information as to what employers are looking for in re[...]



December Programs for Job Seekers at the Lewiston CareerCenter

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 13:19:13 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 23, 2016 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."As employers hire for the winter season and in preparation of 2017, no Mainers should feel that the job market is too competitive for them. There are good-paying jobs available," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Maine JobLink has about 10,000 jobs from hundreds of local employers, and our CareerCenters continue to hold monthly job fairs with dozens of companies looking to hire. Visit your closest CareerCenter to help you find a job by improving your resume and practicing for that interview, not to mention many opportunities to train for a new career."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, December 5, 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!**Resume Basics and Build a Resume Workshop - Thursday, December 1, 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.**Career Decision Making - A two-part workshop - Tuesday, December 6, 9:00 a.m. to noon and Friday, December 9, 10:00 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 & training steps to achieve career goals.**Job Search Skills/ Criminal History - Wednesday, December 7, 1 to 2:30 p.m.**The first hour, open to everyone, will give you the tools you need to be successful in your job search. We will discuss strategies you can use to highlight your skills and set yourself apart from the others-it's all about marketing yourself! The second hour will be for those with a criminal history and will focus on how to sell your skills rather than your background, tips on answering difficult questions, and ideas to encourage employers to give you a chance.**Introduction to Self-Employment Workshop, Thursday, December 8, 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. To register contact Karleen Andrews at 207-557-1885.**New Mainers Workshop - Thursday, December 15, 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, request by December 5.**Interview Skills/ Mock Interviews - Thursday, December 15, 2 to 4 p.m.**Attend this workshop to learn the basics about interviewing and get the tools you need to feel comfortable in an interview. Session will include a brief overview of interview skills and employer expectations and will also include mock interviews so that you can practice, get feedback, and observe other participants!**Orientation for people with disabilities - Wednesday, December 28, 2 to 3 p.m.**For people who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Held the fourth Wednesday of the month. Registration not required.**Training Orientation - Call to schedule**is an overview of training programs at [...]



December Programs for Job Seekers at the York County CareerCenter

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:51:13 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 23, 2016 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."As employers hire for the winter season and in preparation of 2017, no Mainers should feel that the job market is too competitive for them. There are good-paying jobs available," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Maine JobLink has about 10,000 jobs from hundreds of local employers, and our CareerCenters continue to hold monthly job fairs with dozens of companies looking to hire. Visit your closest CareerCenter to help you find a job by improving your resume and practicing for that interview, not to mention many opportunities to train for a new career."CareerCenters can assist businesses by offering workshops on location, at local businesses or other organizations at no cost. The following workshops and programs will be held at the CareerCenter in Springvale unless otherwise noted.**Essentials of College Planning Workshop - Mondays, December 5, 12 and 19, 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 .**Monthly Job Fair - Monday, December 19, 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 the web site for the list of employers which will be updated as employers confirm attendance. No appointment required**Resume and Interview Coaching - Tuesday, December 20, 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.**Employer Recruitments for December at the York County CareerCenter - please check our website for additions and updates.****CoWorx, and MASIS -** Will be recruiting at the York County CareerCenter from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, December 5 and 12.Current openings in Sanford, Biddeford, Saco and Portland areas. No appointment is required. Please bring 2 valid forms of ID. Please check our website for updates and additions. Schedule is subject to change.**Competitive Skills Scholarship Program -** The Competitive Skills Scholarship helps workers learn new skills and succeed in a changing economy. The program is open to all qualified Maine residents and pays for education and training for high-wage jobs in demand in Maine. York County is currently accepting applications for the program. For more information or to download an application please visit http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/cssp.shtml .The York County CareerCenter will also feature several sessions led by these partner organizations in September:**Workforce Solutions** administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you think you might qualify or could benefit from this program, please call the Workforce Solutions Center in Biddeford at 207-571-3301 to schedule a date for a training orientation.**New Ventures Maine -** Helping Maine people succeed in their jobs, businesses, and communities. We help individuals recognize strengths, overcome barriers, find resources, develop a plan, and take action towards their goals: start a business, find a career, return to school, build assets, and be active in the communit[...]



December Programs for Job Seekers at the Rockland CareerCenter

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:41:31 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 23, 2016 Contact: David Grima, Rockland CareerCenter, 207-596-2600 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009ROCKLAND-The Rockland CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, and in conjunction with its partners offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills and employers to find qualified workers. 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."As employers hire for the winter season and in preparation of 2017, no Mainers should feel that the job market is too competitive for them. There are good-paying jobs available," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Maine JobLink has about 10,000 jobs from hundreds of local employers, and our CareerCenters continue to hold monthly job fairs with dozens of companies looking to hire. Visit your closest CareerCenter to help you find a job by improving your resume and practicing for that interview, not to mention many opportunities to train for a new career."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.**Career Directions/ Putting the Pieces Together- Thursday, December 1, 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.**Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation-Tuesday, December 6, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m**Introduction to services for job seekers who have a disability that makes it difficult to obtain or keep a job.**Resume and Cover Letter Writing - Thursday, December 8, 9 a.m to noon**Shows the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter.**Effective Interviewing Skills - Thursday, December 15, 9 a.m. to noon**Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips.**Planning Your Job Search - Thursday, December 22, 9 a.m. to noon**Designed to help you with the latest tips and ideas to conduct a successful job search in today's labor market.**Computer Boot Camp - Tuesday mornings**Arrange time with staff. Designed to introduce the computer to people who have not used one before.**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.Follow and keep track of our latest events on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. To find us on LinkedIn, go to LinkedIn.com and search for "Rockland CareerCenter." To find us on Facebook, go to Facebook.com and search "Rockland CareerCenter." To[...]



December Programs for Job Seekers at the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:12:55 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 23, 2016 Contact: Leon Ouimet Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 207-373-4000 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009BRUNSWICK - The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, and in conjunction with its partners, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills and employers to find qualified workers. Each of the 12 statewide centers provides public-access computer workstations equipped with Microsoft Office, resume writing and cover letter software. In addition we provide internet access and O'Net software for individual skills assessment. Employers can list their open positions on Maine JobLink and take advantage of our online matching system, which identifies and refers job candidates. All CareerCenter services are provided free of charge to employers and job seeking customers. "As employers hire for the winter season and in preparation of 2017, no Mainers should feel that the job market is too competitive for them. There are good-paying jobs available," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Maine JobLink has about 10,000 jobs from hundreds of local employers, and our CareerCenters continue to hold monthly job fairs with dozens of companies looking to hire. Visit your closest CareerCenter to help you find a job by improving your resume and practicing for that interview, not to mention many opportunities to train for a new career."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. For more information on any of the CareerCenters programs, visit http://www.mainecareercenter.gov or call 207-373-4000.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.**Planning Your Job Search - Thursday, December 1, 9 a.m to noon**Designed to help you jump start your work search with the latest tips and tools you'll need to know to conduct a successful job search in today's labor market. **Career Directions/ Putting the Pieces Together - Wednesday, December 7, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.**Explore your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivation and how each transfers to today's job market.**Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop - Wednesday, December 14, 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, December 21, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips.**Computer Boot Camp - Individual sessions held daily 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 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:****Essentials of College Planning Workshop - Tuesdays, December 6 and 20**Christy Le from the Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) offers a free workshop for adults 19 and older covering College Awareness and Planning along with the Federal Financial Aid 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 .**Small Business Start Up Workshop - Thursday, December 15, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.**Interested in self-employment? So what does it really take to plan, start and run a successful small business where you can realize the challenges and satisfaction of working for yourself? Join us for a 2 hour afternoon session, where Maine Small Busin[...]



Maine Unemployment Rate 4.0 Percent in October

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 10:18:38 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 18, 2016 Contact: Glenn Mills 207-621-5192The Maine Department of Labor, in conjunction with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released October workforce estimates for Maine.**Seasonally Adjusted Statewide Data** Household Survey Estimates - The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 4.0 percent was little changed from 4.1 percent in September and 4.2 percent one year ago. The number of unemployed was little changed over the year at 28,000.The U.S. preliminary unemployment rate of 4.9 percent was little changed from 5.0 percent one month and one year ago.The employment to population ratio estimate of 60.7 percent remained modestly above the U.S. average of 59.7 percent.The New England unemployment rate averaged 3.9 percent. Rates for other states were 2.8 percent in New Hampshire, 3.3 percent in Vermont, 3.3 percent in Massachusetts, 5.5 percent in Rhode Island, and 5.1 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 609,500 for October was little changed from one year ago. There was little job change in most industry 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 3.4 percent for October was little changed from 3.5 percent one year ago. Rates ranged from 2.8 percent in Cumberland and Sagadahoc Counties to 5.1 percent in Somerset County. Rates tended to be lower than the statewide average in southern and coastal counties and higher than average in northern and rim counties.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 (3.2 percent) and Bangor (3.5 percent) metros.November estimates will be released on Friday, December 16 (Data Release Schedule: http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/releaseDates.html ).This release is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/news/release.html .**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 2016 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 2015 to September 2016 will be replaced with actual payroll data in March 2017. Those benchmark revisions are likely to show less volatility than preliminary[...]



More than 60 Veterans Hired Half-Way through 2016 Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 15:18:16 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 31, 2016 Campaign Coordinator: Steven Roy, 207-624-5156 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009AUGUSTA-Sixty-four veterans in the first 50 days have been hired by employers who have joined the 2016 Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign. The campaign launched on Labor Day and hit the half-way mark on October 24, 2016. The goal of the statewide initiative is to commit at least 100 employers to hire at least 100 veterans within 100 days. "Veterans bring a wealth of skills, abilities, knowledge and commitment to employers when they transition to civilian life," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Ann and I fully support our veterans and the responsibility we all have to help them transition back to civilian life. Our veterans have given so much to our nation. Maine's businesses will benefit from adding veterans to their workforce, and veterans will benefit with good-paying careers. Whether you are a veteran or an employer, we urge you to connect with Maine Hire-A-Vet; it's a win-win for our state."Some of the occupations hired include a HR generalist, I.T. specialists, I.T. support and I.T. manager, nursing and paramedic, analysts, customer service, direct support professionals and engineers.**Success Stories**A female army veteran who moved to Maine from Seattle for family reasons was hired by State of Maine-Office of Information Technology. She had been frustrated in her job search of two months but connected with OIT through the Maine Hire-A-Vet kick-off event and job fair this September. The veteran now works in their workforce development division and has a goal of working in cybersecurity in the next few years.A male army veteran from northern Maine who enlisted on Sept. 9, 2001, served for eight years before separating from the military and returning to the County with his family in 2009. Finding employment was a challenge, as transferring skills as a Tractor Vehicle Mechanic to civilian life wasn't easy. The veteran opted to go back to school, used his GI Bill and earned a finance degree from UMaine. After being in the banking business for three years, he connected with MMG Insurance's human resources director, also a veteran, during the Maine Hire-A-Vet campaign. He was offered a position and is happy to be able to stay in the County with his family.**Employer Support**The 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; assistance with recruiting, hiring, assimilation and retention; a Veteran Hiring Toolkit and recognition for the hiring and advancement of veterans.Veterans' employment representatives are available throughout the state through Maine CareerCenters who can visit employers to assist them in finding qualified veterans and provide information on the benefits of hiring veterans. Employers or veterans can contact campaign coordinator, Steven Roy, at 207-624-5156 or MaineHireAVet.DOL@maine.gov for more information, or visit http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/hireavet.shtml .The campaign focuses on jobs paying at least a wage of $12 per hour, but all employers with jobs at all pay levels are welcome. Participating employers are not required to hire veterans they interview in order to participate in the campaign.Follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter: #MaineHireAVet.The Maine Department of Labor and its CareerCenters, Easter Seals, Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve, Hero2Hired, Live and Work in Maine, Veterans Inc., VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment, VA Office of Rural Health, Transition Assistance Advisors, and the Maine Bureau of Veterans Services are co-sponsoring this campaign. All partners will be focused on recruiting both veterans and employers. Maine CareerCenters are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are a[...]



Employer 2017 Unemployment Contribution Schedule To Drop to Lowest Rate Since 2009

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:52:33 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 27, 2016 MEDIA CONTACT: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

*Businesses will save $15 million in unemployment taxes next year*

AUGUSTA-The Maine Department of Labor has released the 2017 Unemployment Insurance Tax Rate Schedule. Rates will drop to the Schedule A level, the lowest rate since 2009. This drop represents an approximate 13 percent decrease in unemployment taxes paid per employee.

"Maine's unemployment tax rates have fallen to their lowest level," announced Governor Paul R. LePage. "As a result of private-sector job growth and a 31-year low in unemployment claims volume, the tax rate for employers will drop again in 2017. Maine's employers will save approximately $15 million next year."

"The new rates represent a return to pre-recessionary contribution schedules," noted Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette. For the seven years prior to the recession, unemployment tax rates fluctuated between Schedules A and B, jumping from Schedule A to E in 2010, then rising to F in 2011 where they stayed through 2013. The rate dropped to D in 2014 through 2015 and dropped again to B in 2016.

"This continues to give our employers more money to reinvest in both their workers and growing their business, benefiting our workforce and economy," Commissioner Paquette added.

Maine's job situation stabilized in 2011, and private-sector job growth is now approaching its pre-recessionary peak. This has had the dual effect of reducing the number of people receiving unemployment while improving the overall health of the unemployment trust fund.

Employers pay unemployment taxes on up to the first $12,000 in wages paid to each employee. Each business' rate is based upon the business' unemployment insurance experience, taxable wages, past contributions and benefit charges in relation to those of other businesses. The 2017 minimum rate will be 0.49 percent per $1,000 paid an employee, the maximum rate is 5.40 percent and the average rate, which is also the new employer rate, per $1,000 paid per employee will be 1.77 percent.

To put this in real dollars, employers paying the minimum rate will see an annual decrease of $9.60 in taxes per employee paid at least $12,000 in wages, employers paying the average rate will see a decrease of $32.40 per employee, and employers paying the maximum rate will pay the same amount as last year which is the lowest statutory rate allowed for the maximum tax rate. Employers with the maximum rate have the highest experience with unemployment.

State unemployment taxes are paid by employers into the Maine Unemployment Trust Fund and are used solely to pay benefits to people who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. No funds are taken out of workers' checks to support this system.

Administration of the unemployment insurance system is not supported by employer-paid state unemployment taxes. The cost of the program's administration is almost entirely funded through federal grants to the state, supported by the federal unemployment tax paid by employers.

The Department of Labor administers Maine's unemployment insurance system. Employers should receive their individual 2017 rate notices in mid-to-late December. Employers with questions about their 2016 or 2017 unemployment contributions should visit the department's webpage on unemployment taxes at http://www.maine.gov/labor/unemployment/tax.html or call (207) 621-5120.

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Department of Labor Publishes Maine Workforce Outlook to 2024

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:14:53 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 12, 2016 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

AUGUSTA- The Center for Workforce Research and Information (CWRI), part of the Maine Department of Labor, has published its 10-year forecast for the workforce for the period through 2024. The forecast examines total workforce change based on population and labor force participation expectations and examines job growth or decline among more than 80 industries and nearly 650 occupations.

"This forecast highlights the need for Maine to continue economic reforms that will help us address our workforce challenges," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Our state must be able to compete with other states and countries for the people, investments, jobs and industries that will increase the prosperity of our people."

The outlook is designed to provide information for three core purposes: to help employers address and plan for future workforce needs, to aid individuals in making informed career choices and to guide educational institutions in developing curriculum that aligns with the needs of both students and employers.

The projections are broadly highlighted in a presentation at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/data/projections/2024/2024_Outlook.pdf . A blog titled The Outlook for Workforce Growth to 2024 (at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/blog.html ) discusses how demographic trends in the population have been slowing growth over the last three decades and how workforce growth is expected to be further constrained as more baby boomers age to retirement and smaller numbers of young people come of age to enter the labor force in the decade through 2024. Additional blogs on occupational job change and on the outlook for STEM jobs will be published later this fall.

Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette stated, "This workforce outlook underscores the importance of connecting people who are out of work or underemployed, including people on welfare and people with disabilities, with the job skills necessary for in-demand occupations. We also need to seek new opportunities to attract workers and their families to Maine through efforts like the Hire-A-Vet campaign, Live+Work in Maine, and other collaborations. Furthermore, we must use apprenticeship and other training programs to increase the skills of our workers to attract new businesses, workers and opportunities for economic growth."

Detail on the outlook for workforce change in total and by age group is at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/outlookDemographic.html . Detail on the outlook for job change for industries and occupations is at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/outlook.html .

CWRI develops and disseminates state and area labor market information on employment, unemployment, wages and other measures to assist in making decisions that promote economic opportunity and efficient use of the state's labor resources.

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September Programs for Job Seekers at the Skowhegan CareerCenter

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:10:28 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 24, 2016 Contact: Anita Dunham, Skowhegan CareerCenter, (207) 474-4950 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 September."As falls starts, we start thinking about education and new opportunities," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "You might be thinking about getting more education or training to advance your career or making a change from a seasonal to a year round job. Our CareerCenters can help you look at all of your options and connect you with resources and employers. All of their advice and services are provided at no cost to Maine residents." 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-Mondays, September 12, 26, 8:30 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. **Resume and Cover Letter Writing-Tuesday, September 6, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.**This workshop provides valuable tips on cover letters, resume writing, the contents and format and much more. Learn to make a new, highly effective resume using the techniques taught in this workshop.**Successful Interviewing Skills -Tuesday, September 13, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.**Discussion of the purpose of the interview, types of interviews and general preparation for interviews. "Tough" interview questions will be discussed so that you can answer them with confidence. **Essentials of College Planning for Adults - To be determined**This interactive workshop touches on the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career planning 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). Bring last year's income tax forms to this appointment.Please call 1-800-281-3703 to pre-register. 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.**Job Search Tips for People with a Criminal History-Call to schedule**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. Call us at 474-4950 to pre-register. A workshop will be scheduled when three-to-four attendees express interest.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 at no cost to participants.Call 474-4950 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops held at the CareerCenter. The CareerCenter, located at 98 North Avenue, Suite 20, Skowhegan, 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 p[...]



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

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 16:51:27 EDT

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

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