"Cover Story" piece on southern Maine's labor shortage. A test of service will
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"Cover Story" piece on southern Maine's labor shortage. A test of service will come at the end of this month when a flotilla of 20 tall ships arrives in Portland harbor as part of OpSail Maine 2000, which is expected to draw 300,000 people to the peninsula. Organizer Laura Limoge said a work force of as many as 300 volunteers will be needed. Maine's unemployment rate has been falling almost continuously since it topped out at 9.1 percent in 1991. This past April's 3.4 percent was a record low. But Susan MacMillan, executive director of the Rockland-Thomaston Area Chamber of Commerce, said she's seen no service cutbacks in her area and believes business owners are picking up the slack during the current labor crisis. With a report based on an unscientific tour of York County, which is one of the most heavily touristed areas in Maine, and a related article on how construction delays on the Maine Turnpike, which is being widened, will further complicate problems encountered by tourists and residents alike.
Burnett, Lee, ""Cover Story" piece on southern Maine's labor shortage. A test of service will" (2000). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 4528.