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Fast Facts

Livability.com selected Bangor as one of the 2011 top 10 Winter Cities.

BANGOR, MAINE

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Availability of Workforce

Maine Workfoce

The right people can always make a difference, and the people of the Bangor Region have proven time and again that they deliver for their employers. The Bangor region offers companies a productive, motivated and educated workforce. In fact, a recent recruitment effort for major employers in retail, service and manufacturing by the Maine Job Service yielded between six and ten qualified applicants for every available opening. In the Bangor region good jobs attract good people.

One reason is that within eight miles of Bangor, colleges provide over 16,000 people to our part-time labor pool and graduate 3,000 annually.

Bangor’s labor force of over 70,000 people is one of the largest in Maine. The Commuter Area Work Force, which includes communities within current commuting patterns, is over 160,000 people. As such, the Bangor area offers businesses access to a large, diverse labor force. Due to underemployment, the actual number of people who are seeking full-time employment is greater than the unemployed number suggests.

Bangor Region Commuter Workforce
Average Annual 2011
Labor Market Area
Labor Force
Employed
Unemployed
 Rate
 
Bangor MSA
71,724
66,479
5,245
7.3%
Belfast
13,639
12,487
1152
8.4%
Dover-Foxcroft
9,419
8,435
984
10.4%
Ellsworth
30,042
27,406
2,636
8.8%
Lincoln
3,707
3,311
396
10.7%
Millinocket
3,792
3,116
676
17.8%
Pittsfield
7,482
6,638
844
11.3%
Waterville
22,310
20,594
1,716
7.7%
Total
162,115
148,466
13,649
8.4%

Source: Maine Department of Labor, Division of Labor Market Information Services,
Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS)

According to a study commissioned by the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development and performed by the Center for Business and Economic Research by the University of Southern Maine, approximately 12% of those who work part-time would prefer full time work but are unable to find it.