Maine set a record last year for most jobs in the private sector

jobsAUGUSTA — The number of private sector jobs in Maine hit a new high in 2016, eclipsing pre-recession levels and growing at a sustained rate that flummoxed a state economist.

“I’m still struggling trying to understand how this could happen and how long it is sustainable,” Glenn Mills, chief economist at the Maine Department of Labor’s Center for Workforce Research, told members of the state’s Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission on Wednesday.

Much of the economic news presented by Mills and others Wednesday was positive.

By  Staff Writer

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