as the Pine Tree State because nearly 90 percent of the state is covered in
forest, has a population of slightly more than 1.3 million residents. The
state's unemployment rate of 7.4 percent beats the national average, and primary
industries include agriculture, manufacturing and commercial fishing.
Naval shipbuilding and construction has long been a key player in Maine's economy,
and remains so today. Bath Iron Works and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard collectively
employ thousands of workers. Maine also leads the country in production of
toothpicks and blueberries, and has ample employment opportunities in the paper and
wood products industry. Notable employers headquartered in the state include
Fairchild Semiconductor in South Portland and L.L. Bean in Freeport.
Maine also is a significant player in national transportation, with Portland
recently surpassing Boston as New England’s busiest port city. Because tourism and
recreation are becoming increasingly prevalent, jobs in the hospitality industry
are more readily available than ever before.
With relatively low unemployment, Maine offers a bounty of job opportunities for
workers of virtually any skill. From dairy farmers to welders, or loggers to hotel
clerks, those who want to work will find themselves at home here.
Additional information can be found
regarding Maine's economy and key employers by visiting Wikipedia: Maine Economy.