Maine: An Encyclopedia
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Economy

Status of Women 1892

[pp. 13-17] LIST OF EMPLOYMENTS. Women were found engaged in the following employments. Artists. Art stores. Bazaars. Cigar stores. Crockery stores. Confectionery stores. Dry goods stores. Dry goods and notion stores. Dry goods and carpet stores. Dry and fancy goods … Continue reading

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Status of Women 1892 Statistics

Women Wage Workers by Occupation 1892

STATISTICS FROM A SURVEY FOR THE COMMISSIONER OF INDUSTRIAL AND LABOR STATISTICS REPORT, 1892 [pp. 150-151] Out of a total of 2,583 there are 115 who cannot read and 124 Who cannot write the English language, or between four and … Continue reading

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Tidal Flats

Tidal flats are a substantial resource harboring a variety of species, including clams, quahogs, marine worms, lobster larvae, and crabs. These resources are endangered by polluted water runoff from residential and commercial activities. The video clip below shows clam survey … Continue reading

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Total Value Fish Landings

Total Value of Commercial Fisheries Landings 1950-2007

The following indicates the total value of all landings from commercial fisheries  in Maine.  It includes shellfish as well as fin fish. Since about 1975, the rate of change in current dollars has increased, especially since 1990. YEAR TOTAL 1950 … Continue reading

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Transportation

Horse-drawn Road Grader at the Hallowell Public Works Garage (2003)

For the earliest residents, Native Americans, dugout canoes were the vehicles of choice along the coast. Full use of rivers, lakes and streams awaited the invention of the lighter birch bark canoe, which could be carried from one water body … Continue reading

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Transportation, Highway Mileage

Highway Mileage Between Selected Points Here are highway mileage measurements between selected points in Maine:

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Unemployment

Unemployment Statistics 1969-2011

Average annual unemployment in Maine’s economy was consistently higher than the national average from 1969 through 1980. For the next decade, 1981 through 1990, the opposite was true! Since then, Maine’s annual unemployment rate has generally tracked the national rate, … Continue reading

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Urchin Harvests

Urchin Harvest 1964-2011

Once little exploited by commercial fishermen, urchin harvesting began in earnest in the mid-1980s. After reaching a peak in 1993, harvests declined to less than one-tenth of that in the peak year, with the total value falling in step. As … Continue reading

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Vacant Housing Units

Map: Percent of Housing Units Vacant 2005-2009

During the period 2005 through 2009, housing unit vacancy rates varied widely from 10% in Androscoggin County to over 46% in Washington County.  This represents a slightly decreased disparity compared to the 2000 Census range for Maine, which was from … Continue reading

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White Hake Landings

White Hake Landings 1950-2011

From 1950 through 2005, commercial fishermen have taken an average of 4.5 million pounds of white hake per year. Since 2005 that average has dropped to 1 million pounds, lower than any other period since 1950. Begginning in 1985 the … Continue reading

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Winter Flounder Landings

Winter Flounder Landings 1950-2011

The boom and bust cycle of winter flounder landings by commercial fishermen has “busted” after a peak in 1982. With the scarcity, price per pound had been climbing until the fishery was closed in 2007. According to NOAA’s FishWatch program, … Continue reading

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Witch Flounder Landings

Witch Flounder Landings 1950-2011

Commercial fishermen are landing fewer pounds of Witch Flounder than ever since 1950.  Very high unusual landings in the 1980s have been followed by a severe decline that has practically eliminated the fishery. In response, the price per pound has … Continue reading

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Wolffish Landings

Wolffish Landings 1950-2011

After declining from 1950 to 1977, landings spiked then crashed with a consistent decline until the fishery was suspended in 2010.  During the decline in landings and total value, the price per pound continued to rise. In the deep ocean … Continue reading

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Yellowtail Flounder Landings

Yellowtail Flounder Landings 1950-2011

This species of the commercial fishery has a post-1950 history familiar to many others: moderate or low production, then a spike with several years of substantial landings, then a crash followed by a forced closure to rebuild the stock. It … Continue reading

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