Maine Jobless Rate Unchanged in December 

(AP) – Maine’s Labor Department says the state’sunemployment rate remained unchanged in December at 7.3 percent. But the preliminary 7.3 percent is an improvement over the samemonth a year earlier, when 8.1 percent of the work force wasunemployed. Last month, the number of unemployed in Maine totaled 51,200,down 5,800 from a year ago.