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ReEmployME - New Unemployment Insurance Filing System Launching Early December

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:59:20 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 20, 2017Media Contact: Laura Hudson, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009*Current filing systems will be down for the transition starting on November 30. *AUGUSTA-Maine Department of Labor is launching a new unemployment benefits filing system in early December. Known as ReEmployME (ME is pronounced "Maine"), the new system is a faster, more efficient way to file for unemployment insurance benefits. Claimants will find it easier to access information about their claims, update their account, file Weekly Certifications for benefits and enter their required Work Searches."This new system is the result of years of work in collaboration with other states to create a modern, efficient unemployment system," stated Governor Paul LePage. "The focus of unemployment is to get people back to work quickly in a permanent or a temporary bridge job. This system will not only do just that, but it will also save taxpayer money over time because of the ReEmployUSA partnership with other states. ReEmployME is a national model."The Bureau of Unemployment Compensation (BUC) has been communicating about the transition to current claimants and those who file cyclically this time of year. Claimants are advised of the upcoming timeline so they can prepare to access the new system after launch and plan for a slight delay in benefit payments.**Prepare for the Transition**All the current unemployment filing systems will be down at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 30 through ReEmployME's anticipated launch on December 6. Claimants are strongly encouraged to file claims for the benefit week ending November 25 before 4:00 p.m. on November 30. Direct deposit and MAP/EPC card benefit payments should appear within 48 hours of processing. Claimants who don't file by this time must wait until ReEmployME launches to file.Whether filing a claim online or through the automated phone filing system, claimants must enter their required weekly Work Search online through ReEmployME for the claim to be processed. Maine CareerCenters and state libraries have high-speed Internet and computers available for free use. CareerCenter staff can help claimants sign up for a free email address, register for Maine JobLink, learn how to create a resume and apply for jobs online.Find a Maine CareerCenter - http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/locations/index.shtmlFind a state library - http://www.maine.gov/msl/findlibs.htm**ReEmployME Launch**The department anticipates ReEmployME will launch on December 6. Claimants must visit http://www.maine.gov/reemployme after launch to create an account with a valid email address. Do not use a shared or fake email account. Free email addresses are available online through Gmail, Outlook, and Yahoo! mail, to name a few.Claimants who need help creating a ReEmployME account after launch can call a Technical Support Representative at 207-623-6765 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday except state and federal holidays. Technical Support Representatives can only answer questions about creating a ReEmployME account. Claimants who need help filing a claim or to get information about a current claim can call a Customer Service Representative at 1-800-593-7660 between 8:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday except state and federal holidays.Direct deposit and MAP/EPC card benefit payments should appear within three days of processing for claims filed within the first few weeks after ReEmployME's launch.Claimants can watch for updates about the transition at http://www.maine.gov/labor/unemployment ."Unemployment insurance provides temporary, partial wage replacement to workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own," said Commissioner of Labor John Butera. "Support for claimants while they search for reemployment is the end goal of the unemployment insurance program. The new ReEmployME system will provide claimants with around-the-clock ability to file for benefits and provide more accurate information to reduce fraud."Maine Department of Labor is an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary ai[...]



Maine Unemployment Rate 3.5 Percent in October

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:18:06 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 17, 2017 Contact: Glenn Mills 207-621-5192 AUGUSTA - Unemployment remains historically low in Maine.**Seasonally Adjusted Statewide Data** Household Survey Estimates - The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.5 percent for October was down slightly from 3.7 percent for September and 3.9 percent one year ago. The number of unemployed was down 2,200 over the year to 25,000. The unemployment rate has been at or below 4.0 percent for 25 consecutive months.The U.S. preliminary unemployment rate of 4.1 percent for October was little changed from 4.2 percent for September and down from 4.8 percent one year ago. The New England unemployment rate averaged 3.8 percent.October unemployment rate estimates for other states in the region were 2.7 percent in New Hampshire, 2.9 percent in Vermont, 3.7 percent in Massachusetts, 4.2 percent in Rhode Island, and 4.5 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 5,200 from one year ago to 621,200 for October. The private sector gained 5,700 jobs, with the largest gains in the healthcare, hospitality, professional and business services, and construction sectors; governments shed 500 jobs, spread across all three levels - federal, state, and local.**Not Seasonally Adjusted Substate Data** The not seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate estimate of 3.0 percent for October was down from 3.4 percent one year ago. Around the state, the lowest rate was 2.4 percent in Cumberland and Sagadahoc counties and the highest was 4.8 percent in Washington County.The unemployment rate was below the statewide average in the Portland-South Portland (2.4 percent) metro area and close to the average in the Lewiston-Auburn (2.8 percent) and Bangor (3.0 percent) metro areas.November estimates will be released on Thursday, December 21 (Data Release Schedule: http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/releaseDates.html ).This release is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/news/release.html .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.NOTES1. Preliminary labor force estimates, including rates (labor force participation, employment, and unemployment rates), and levels (labor force, employed, and unemployed) tend to move in a direction for several months and then reverse course. Those directional trends are largely driven by a smoothing procedure and may not indicate a change in underlying workforce conditions. Annual revisions (published in March each year) tend to moderate or eliminate those directional patterns. 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 exacerbat[...]



Silver Collar Awards presented to Associates for Training and Development, Care and Comfort, Community Health Options, and Moody's Co-Worker Owned, Inc.

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:20:58 EST

*Lewiston, Gorham and Waterville-based businesses recognized as senior-friendly employers.*

For Immediate Release: November 16 2017

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

AUGUSTA - The State Workforce Board's Older Worker Committee presented the Silver Collar Award in October to 2017's best employers for workers over the age of 50 in Maine. The awardees are Care & Comfort, Community Health Options, Moody's Co-Worker Owned, Inc., and Associates for Training and Development.

"I congratulate this year's winners for recognizing the value that different employees bring to our workforce," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Our state needs and values the contributions of all members of our workforce, no matter their age, and the Silver Collar Awards recognize businesses who put these values into action."

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

Associates for Training and Development provides training and employment services to workers age 55+. Associates for Training and Development adjust duties and responsibilities when appropriate to make the most of each person's talents, and offer a mentoring program and flexibility in the workplace.

Care & Comfort has been providing professional home health and mental health services to Maine residents since 1991. Care & Comfort provides an excellent benefit package, such as flexibility, training and on-the-job coaching for older workers.

Community Health Options is a non-profit, member-led health insurance plan providing comprehensive health insurance benefits to individuals, families, and businesses. Community Health Options provides a Workplace Flexibility and Transition program.

Moody's Co-worker Owned, Inc., is a technically-advanced company using computer software and tools that are cutting edge for the automotive industry. Thirty-three percent of Moody's company is over the age of 50; they pride themselves on a very diverse group from 18-70 years old.

Maine is the oldest state in the nation, with a median age of 44.5 years. Today, workers age 55 and over comprise one quarter of the labor force. That share is expected to rise over the next decade as the large baby boom generation advances in age.

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



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November Programs for Job Seekers at the York County CareerCenter

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 13:08:03 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 6, 2017Contact: Dawn Self-Cooper, York County CareerCenter, 207-324-5460Media Contact: Laura Hudson, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009SPRINGVALE-The York County CareerCenter, located at 9 Bodwell Court in Springvale, continues its workshop programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability."Our CareerCenters offer no-cost information and resources to help Mainers find a new or better job or training program to support a career change, whether they're out of work or looking for a better job," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Each location provides computers with Internet access and printers that job seekers can use, as well as workshops and expert advice. Visit mainecareercenter.gov to learn more about these services and where to find your closest center. "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.**Gateways to Employment - Wednesday, November 8, 15, 22 and 29, 9 a.m. to Noon**Join this workshop for an overview of basic information on Resumes, Interviews and Job Search skills as well as CareerCenter and community resources available to you during your job search. Seats are limited, please call 324-5460 to register.**Employer Recruitments at the York County CareerCenter: CoWorx and MASIS -Wednesdays, November 8, 15, 22 and 29, Noon to 3 p.m.**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.**Essentials of College Planning Workshop - Monday, November 13, 20 and 27, 10 a.m. to Noon**A FREE interactive workshop that outlines the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career planning, and study skills. The workshop lasts approximately two or three hours. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited please call Karen Hadley Keim at 1-800-281-3703 or 581-3736 to register or visit MEOC's website, meoc.maine.edu .**Resume and Interview Coaching - Tuesday, November 21, 9 a.m. to Noon.**Your resume is your marketing tool that helps you land the all-important interview. Join us and learn the dos and don'ts of resume writing and how to stand out in a positive way. Then we'll show you how to emphasize your skills and motivate the interviewer to hire you. Call 324-5460 to reserve a seat.**Monthly Job Fair at the CareerCenter - Monday, November 27, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.**Explore your next employment opportunity. Representatives from several companies will be here interviewing for current openings. Please check our web site for the list of employers which will be updated as employers confirm attendance. No appointment required.Visit http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/employment/jobfairs.shtml and our Facebook Page and Twitter for a list of participating employers. **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 currently is not accepting new applications for the program. Continue to check for updates on information regarding when new applications will be available. Please follow this link: http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/cssp.shtml.The York County CareerCenter will also feature several sessions led by these partner organizations in November:**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 sch[...]



November Programs for Job Seekers at the Tri-County CareerCenter in Bangor

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 11:45:44 EDT

For Immediate Release: November 3, 2017

Contact: Patty Perry, Bangor CareerCenter, 760-6302

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

BANGOR-Tri-County CareerCenter in Bangor announces November programming for job seekers and those who are considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability.

"Our CareerCenters offer no-cost information and resources to help Mainers find a new or better job or training program to support a career change, whether they're out of work or looking for a better job," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Each location provides computers with Internet access and printers that job seekers can use, as well as workshops and expert advice. Visit mainecareercenter.gov to learn more about these services and where to find your closest center. "

**Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Information (WIOA) and Registration Session - Tuesdays, 10 to 11 a.m.**

This is an overview of services and programs available through WIOA to residents of the tri-county area to include intensive job search assistance, potential training opportunities and options like on-the-job training. It also includes eligibility requirements and information on accessing all of these services. Please complete your Maine JobLink registration prior to attending the workshop. Call 561-4050 to register for the next session.

**Essentials of College Planning and Financial Aid for Adults - Presented by MEOC - Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call for an appointment.**

Steps for successful college enrollment, types of colleges and trade schools, entrance requirements, readiness and transitional issues of adults, admission requirements and financial aid overview and completion. Please bring your last year's income tax forms to the workshop. To register call 1-800-281-3703.

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.

Tri-County CareerCenter is located at 45 Oak St. in Bangor and is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. We can be reached at 561-4050 (TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711). You can also find more information at the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.gov .

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

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November Programs for Job Seekers at the Machias CareerCenter

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 10:43:29 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 3, 2017Contact: Patricia Perry, Washington County CareerCenters, 441-5246Media Contact: Laura Hudson, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009WASHINGTON COUNTY-CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or to upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume and cover letter writing software, Internet access, and O'Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge."Our CareerCenters offer no-cost information and resources to help Mainers find a new or better job or training program to support a career change, whether they're out of work or looking for a better job," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Each location provides computers with Internet access and printers that job seekers can use, as well as workshops and expert advice. Visit mainecareercenter.gov to learn more about these services and where to find your closest center. "Workshops are held at the Machias CareerCenter, 53 Prescott Dr., Ste. 1, Machias, unless otherwise noted. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone. To learn more, like the Washington County CareerCenters on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/washingtoncountycareercenters .**GATEways to Employment: Group Access to Employment Session - Tuesdays, November 7, 14, 21 and 28, 9 a.m.**Is your job search in need of a boost? Are you looking for a way to stand out to a potential employer? Do you want to be at a significant advantage from other job seekers in today's competitive work/job seeking environment? This is a great way to increase your job search success, to gain insight on the latest job search techniques, and to maximize your potential. CareerCenter is here to help you find your key to success! Registration required. Call Dodie at 207-255-1930.**Essentials of College Planning - Call for schedule and to register.**This workshop introduces people to educational opportunities in general and MEOC services in particular and touches on the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career and study skills. The admission section reviews college options, the college search process and the application structure. The fundamentals of financial aid, including the filing process and the applications are covered in detail. Career options and counseling are introduced. Effective transitions into college, college readiness and study skills are discussed. To register, call 207-991-2851.**Financial Aid - Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) - Call for schedule and to register.**The Financial Aid Workshop provides an overview of financial basics and the completion of the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Discussion will include a review of the federal, state, school-based, and private funding sources. Upon completion of this workshop the student will be able to effectively access the funding they need to complete their college degree. An emphasis will be placed on student responsibility and an understanding of the full financial process and timetable. Participants should bring their last year's income details to the workshop. Participants should be current college students or prospective college students who have attended an earlier session of Essentials of College Planning Workshop with MEOC. To register, call 207-991-2851.Washington County CareerCenters, located at 53 Prescott Drive, Suite 1, in Machias and 1 College Drive in Calais, are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, www.mainecareercenter.gov .Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. - end - [...]



November Programs for Job Seekers at the Rockland CareerCenter

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 10:39:18 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 3, 2017Contact: David Grima, Rockland CareerCenter, 207-596-2600Media Contact: Laura Hudson, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009ROCKLAND-The Rockland CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, and in conjunction with its partners offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills and employers to find qualified workers."Our CareerCenters offer no-cost information and resources to help Mainers find a new or better job or training program to support a career change, whether they're out of work or looking for a better job," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Each location provides computers with Internet access and printers that job seekers can use, as well as workshops and expert advice. Visit mainecareercenter.gov to learn more about these services and where to find your closest center. "The following workshops and programs are free to the public and will be held at the CareerCenter. All events require preregistration in person or by phone, unless stated otherwise.**Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation-Wednesday, Nov. 8, 1 to 3 p.m.**Introduction to services for job seekers with a disability that makes it difficult to obtain or keep a job.**Resume and Cover Letter Writing-Thursday, November 9, 9 a.m. to Noon**Shows the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter.**Small Business start-up-Tuesday, November 14, 1 to 3 p.m.**Learn the basics about creating a business plan, with certified business counselor David Hill.**Effective Interviewing Skills-Thursday, November 16, 9 a.m. to noon****Training Orientation-By Appointment**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.**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 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 CareerC[...]



November Programs for Job Seekers at the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 10:31:51 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 3, 2017Contact: Leon Ouimet, Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 207-373-4000Media Contact: Laura Hudson, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009BRUNSWICK - The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter in Brunswick continues its series of workshops and programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability."Our CareerCenters offer no-cost information and resources to help Mainers find a new or better job or training program to support a career change, whether they're out of work or looking for a better job," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Each location provides computers with Internet access and printers that job seekers can use, as well as workshops and expert advice. Visit mainecareercenter.gov to learn more about these services and where to find your closest center. "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.**Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop-Wednesday, November 8, 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, November 15, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips.**Career Exploration Workshop-Wednesday, November 22, Monday, November 27, and Tuesday, November 28**An extensive and informative three-day workshop offered to Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) clients to explore a variety of career paths and research the required skills needed for those careers. Registration through Vocational Rehabilitation is required. Please call 373-4018 for more information.**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:****Essentials of College Planning Workshop - Tuesday, November 7 and 21**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 . **Small Business Start Up Workshop-Thursday, November 16, 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 two-hour afternoon session, where Maine Small Business Development Center Certified Master Business Counselor, Brad Swanson, will walk you through the keys to successful business startup and management, focusing on the business plan: What is it? Why do you need one? What can it do for you? **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 Ve[...]



November Programs for Job Seekers at the Skowhegan CareerCenter

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 12:40:35 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 1, 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 November."Our CareerCenters offer no-cost information and resources to help Mainers find a new or better job or training program to support a career change, whether they're out of work or looking for a better job," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Each location provides computers with Internet access and printers that job seekers can use, as well as workshops and expert advice. Visit mainecareercenter.gov to learn more about these services and where to find your closest center. "All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 474-4950.**It All Starts Here - Monday, November 6, 1 to 3 p.m.**Take the first step towards a great career. In this valuable session you can pinpoint your interests and strengths and find career options that have real potential. This highly validated and reliable vocational assessment is the start in determining your future path or career. Are you investigative? Are you realistic? Are you enterprising or social? This self-directed assessment test will assist in determining a career or vocation choice based upon your personality traits. Find out what types of careers are right for you, right now!**GATEway to Employment - Wednesdays, November 8, 15, 22 and 29, 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.**Resume and Cover Letter Writing - Wednesday, November 8 and Tuesday November 21, 1 to 3 p.m.**This workshop provides valuable tips on completing job applications, the importance of cover letters, resume content and formatting, resume writing using computer software programs and much more. Learn why having a great resume is so important in today's job market. A well-written resume can get your foot in the door, and the interview - the next step to employment.**Essentials of College Planning for Adults - Wednesday, November 15, 10 a.m.**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 preregister.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.**Computer Skill Basics: Start at the Beginning - Wednesday, November 15, 1 to 3 p.m.**This course is designed for the novice user to learn the basics of the computer components:- Understanding the mouse and keyboard. - Cover the "basics" of typing a document using Microsoft Word. - Learn to get you "up and running" with your job search.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[...]



Department of Labor Offering Workplace Safety Classes in November

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 10:00:49 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 30, 2017Media Contact: Laura Hudson, Maine Department of Labor, (207) 621-5009 **Class registration:** 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345)*Space is available for classes in Augusta and Bangor.*AUGUSTA-The Maine Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Standards is hosting its no-charge safety courses for employers and employees throughout November. Visit the class registration page at www.safetyworksmaine.gov or call 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345) to register for any class."Safety is good business for the employee and the company," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Our experienced staff visit your facility to provide advice only at your request and help you identify hazards to help reduce the risk of injuries and illnesses. Visit safetyworksmaine.gov to learn more."Courses are held at no charge to employers and their employees in the SafetyWorks! Training Institute at the Maine Department of Labor, 45 Commerce Drive in Augusta, unless otherwise noted.**Driver Awareness -- Tuesday, November 7, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Bangor CareerCenter, 45 Oak Street**Transportation-related crashes are the leading cause of workplace death in Maine. Driver awareness training can help your organization reduce crashes that cause property damage, injury and death. Learn about Maine motor vehicle laws, defensive driving techniques, and resources for tracking traffic safety awareness. **Automotive Lift/Jack Stand Safety and Compliance -- Thursday, November 9, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**This half-day course provides training on the proper operation of multiple types of automotive lifts, jacks and jack stands, inspection, compliance reporting, training and documentation required by various inspecting agencies. The course will provide the information needed for a safer workplace, which helps eliminate citations and can possibly lower a company's workers' compensation insurance. The course will have both classroom and hands-on training. **Lead Safety -- Monday, November 13, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**This course will provide information on OSHA's Lead Standards for Construction and General Industry, covering the symptoms of lead exposure, permissible exposure limits and action levels, workplace exposure assessment and air monitoring, the Written Compliance Program Selection, use of respirators and other PPE, and safe work practices. The information obtained in this lead safety program will help your company reduce employee injuries, lower workers' compensation premiums, and reduce overall risk of OSHA imposed citations.**Train-the-Trainer: Bloodborne Pathogens -- Tuesday, November 14, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**If your job responsibilities involve occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens, this course is for you. This class will instruct you on how the OSHA standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) applies to non-healthcare employers. This training is designed to provide an understanding of bloodborne pathogens, common modes of transmission, methods of prevention, developing an exposure control plan, and required training for employees. Training materials will be provided.**10-Hour Construction Standards -- Thursday, November 16 through Friday, November 17**This one-and-a-half-day course offers basic information on several of the OSHA standards for construction (29 CFR 1926). Attendees who complete the course will receive an OSHA 10-hour course completion certificate. Class runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on day one and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on day two.**Accident Investigation/Injury Analysis -- Wednesday, November 29, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**When work doesn't go as planned, accidents and near-misses happen. Investigating these incidents can prevent similar or even more serious problems from happening. Learn how to conduct a thorough accident/incident investigation and how to use your results to[...]



November Programs for Job Seekers at the Presque Isle CareerCenter

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 09:41:12 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 30, 2017

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

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

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

"Our CareerCenters offer no-cost information and resources to help Mainers find a new or better job or training program to support a career change, whether they're out of work or looking for a better job," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Each location provides computers with Internet access and printers that job seekers can use, as well as workshops and expert advice. Visit mainecareercenter.gov to learn more about these services and where to find your closest center. "

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

**Creating Winning Resumes - Fridays, November 3 and 17 at 9:00 a.m.**

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

**Financial Aid - Tuesdays, November 7, 14 and 28 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.

**Practice Mock Interviews - Call 760-6300 to schedule and appointment.**

Preparing for a job interview? Give us a call! We'll help you practice so you're ready to present the best you possible!

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

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 09:35:34 EDT

For Immediate Release: October 30, 2017Contact: Mike Roland, Greater Portland CareerCenter, 822-3300Media Contact: Laura Hudson, Maine Department of Labor, 626-6232PORTLAND-The Greater Portland CareerCenter announces November programs for job seekers, those who are considering training for a new career, and employers in need of workers."Our CareerCenters offer no-cost information and resources to help Mainers find a new or better job or training program to support a career change, whether they're out of work or looking for a better job," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Each location provides computers with Internet access and printers that job seekers can use, as well as workshops and expert advice. Visit mainecareercenter.gov to learn more about these services and where to find your closest center. "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, November 1, Noon to 3 p.m.**More than 15 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, November 3, 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, November 6 and Tuesday, November 7; Pre-Assessment on Thursday, November 2**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, November 8 and 22, 10 to 11:30 a.m.**This program assists eligible individuals with disabilities to prepare for, obtain, and maintain viable employment, and provides persons with disabilities information and services to assist them to overcome barriers to employment. Assistance with job search and job placement is also discussed.If interested please call 822-3300 and ask to speak with the Counselor of the Day to sign up. You can also view a video of the orientation online at http://www.maine.gov/rehab/vr_orientation.shtml .**Info Session - Certified Nursing Assistant Program: Thursday, November 16, 1 p.m.**First Atlantic HealthCare is presenting an information Session on their new Certified Nursing Program. Attend to get all the information on this 12-week course, available Scholarships, the application deadline, and CPR Certification. **Job Interview Workshop: Friday, November 17, 9 to 11 a.m.**Be prepared to successfully interview with the employer you want to work for and for the job you seek. In this workshop you will explore interview preparation and have the opportunity to practice the most commonly asked questions in an interview setting. You will learn[...]



Maine Unemployment Rate 3.7 Percent in September

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:11:42 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 20, 2017 Contact: Glenn Mills 207-621-5192AUGUSTA - As tourism season began to wind down and the school year began, labor market conditions remained tight throughout much of the state.**Seasonally Adjusted Statewide Data**Household Survey Estimates - The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.7 percent for September was little changed from 3.8 percent for August and 4.0 percent one year ago. The number of unemployed was down 1,500 over the year to 26,100. At 24 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 4.2 percent for September was down slightly from 4.4 percent for August and down from 4.9 percent one year ago. The New England unemployment rate averaged 3.9 percent.September unemployment rate estimates for other states in the region were 2.7 percent in New Hampshire, 2.9 percent in Vermont, 3.9 percent in Massachusetts, 4.2 percent in Rhode Island, and 4.6 percent in Connecticut.The employment to population ratio estimate of 61.8 percent remained above the U.S. average of 60.4 percent.**Payroll Survey Estimates -** The preliminary nonfarm payroll jobs estimate was up 3,400 from one year ago to 621,200 for September. The largest job gains continued to be in the healthcare, construction, and hospitality sectors.**Not Seasonally Adjusted Substate Data**The not seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate estimate of 3.0 percent for September was down from 3.4 percent one year ago. Among counties, the lowest rate was 2.5 percent in Cumberland and Sagadahoc and the highest was 4.8 percent in Washington.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 (2.9 percent) and Bangor (3.1 percent) metro areas.October estimates will be released on Friday, November 17 (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 http://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 http://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 rep[...]



New Data Tool Showcases Post-Credential Employment and Earning in Maine

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:13:21 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 17, 2017 CONTACT: Laura Hudson, MDOL, Laura.j.Hudson@maine.gov ; Helen Pelletier, MCCS, hpelletier@mccs.me.edu ; Dan Demeritt, UMS, dan.demeritt@maine.edu *Provides earning data for people completing education and training programs including all graduates of the Maine Community College and University of Maine Systems*AUGUSTA-The Maine Department of Labor's Center for Workforce Research and Information has released the new data and a new search tool to the workforce data system originally launched as a pilot in 2014. Now called MaineEARNS, standing for the Maine Education and Attainment Research Navigation System, the data series provides the employment and earnings outcomes of people graduating from the University of Maine System and Maine Community College System.Data from the education and training programs, including individuals graduating with credentials in such fields as electrical lineworker technology and plumbing, as well as associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, are matched with the unemployment insurance wage records available at the department. The published data is searchable by credential/degree, area of study, and school, but is not personally identifiable. "The MaineEARNS website lets families and students see what real Mainers are earning after obtaining their degree or credential," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "This helps students set realistic expectations about how much debt they will be able to afford to pay back after graduating. It also helps people who are considering going back to school know how much more they can expect to earn if they add that credential or complete a degree. We want to make sure people have the tools and information they need to be prosperous."Commissioner of Labor John Butera stated, "In addition to being an important tool for college-bound students, MaineEARNS provides feedback to our educational system, employers and policymakers about our pipeline of workers and which degrees are commanding top wages. But most of all, this tool can be used by anyone considering potential careers, whether it be in middle or high school or as an adult."The data is available by credential, area of study and school. The data system serves as a platform for understanding what happens to cohorts of college graduates once they leave school and as they progress through the workforce. It can be used to address such questions as:- Do students get jobs in Maine? - What do they earn? - How do the wage and employment outcomes for various credentials compare? - How many students are completing programs in specific areas of study, such as nursing, engineering or welding?The value of an education includes factors beyond employment statistics. The data system does not measure intangible factors such as personal satisfaction with earning a credential and the intrinsic value of an education.The system showed that more than 75 percent of the graduates in the cohort were employed in Maine post-graduation.Overall, the data supports that higher levels of education tend to be accompanied by higher wages. In general, graduates with higher levels of education had higher first year wages.At present, this tool measures first-, third- and fifth-year employment outcomes; longer term outcomes will be added as new graduate cohorts and new wage data becomes available. As with any data set, there are limitations that are important for users to understand. Outcomes include only those with covered employment in Maine. Individuals might not appear in the data because they got a job outside the state of Maine, they are self-employed, they are employed by the federal government or are pursuing further education and are not employ[...]



Laura Hudson Named Director of Communications at Maine Department of Labor

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 13:01:26 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 5, 2017 Media Contact: Laura Hudson, 207-621-5009

AUGUSTA-The Maine Department of Labor is pleased to announce the hiring of Laura Hudson as the Director of Communications. She is replacing Julie Rabinowitz, who is now Press Secretary for Governor Paul LePage.

Hudson comes with over 30 years in marketing, public relations, business management and economic development experience, most recently as the Chief Experience Officer at Kennebec Savings Bank. She graduated from Thomas College where she majored in Marketing Management, continuing there to then also earn her Master's in Business Administration, summa cum laude.

During her 12-year career at the bank, Hudson was responsible for managing communications and outreach for its three stakeholder groups; its customers, its community and its employees. Prior to the bank, Hudson worked in the public sector, at the Maine Development Foundation and the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development. With a strong commitment to community service, she is a past appointee to the Governor's Commission on Volunteerism. Currently, Hudson is chairing the United Way of Mid-Maine campaign.

"We are excited to have Laura at the Department," said Commissioner John Butera. "She is well-connected and well-regarded in her field, and her energy, business background, coupled with her prior experience in economic and community development, will bring a lot to the Department."

Hudson was equally excited about the opportunity. "I am looking forward to being a part of a Department that touches Maine's businesses and its workforce," she said. "Amazing things are happening in our state and it is an honor to be a part of it."

Hudson started her new position September 6, 2017. The Department of Labor 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 focuses on connecting Mainers to jobs and helping businesses create jobs through strengthening our workforce development system, improving outreach to businesses and clarifying employment regulations.

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