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Washington County — Chicken, Egg and Clams

Which comes first, labor force or jobs?

As Maine’s economy has evolved in the last 50 years, the trends now holding sway would seem to favor Washington County, given its long coast. Over those five decades, jobs in sectors like manufacturing (from shoes to paper) and food processing (poultry and fish) have declined. With that economic transformation came a population shift. These days, people, jobs and capital have moved to southern and coastal parts of the state. The Greater Portland area is a major economic driver, as are the Midcoast and Mount Desert Island areas.

Published by Island Institute's Working Waterfront