Maine Public staff

Maine’s unemployment rate fell slightly in October, to 3.5 percent. That’s down from 3.7 percent in September and 3.9 percent a year ago, state labor officials say.

Unemployment remains historically low in Maine, with the rate at or below 4 percent for 25 consecutive months, officials say.  During 2017, the number of individuals unemployed in Maine has fallen by 2,200, to 25,000.

Unemployment also remains low in other states throughout the New England region, ranging from a low of 2.7 percent in New Hampshire to a high of 4.5 in Connecticut.

A Lincoln man has been charged with arson in connection with fires Wednesday that destroyed a scale shed and a vacant storage warehouse at the former Lincoln paper mill.

State safety department officials say David Parson, 59, a former mill employee, has been charged with three counts of arson. The third fire at the mill's wastewater facility, went out by itself, officials say.
 
Parson was arrested around noon on Thursday at the Lincoln police station, where he was being questioned by fire investigators.

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