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UPDATE: Maine Seeks to Tackle Aging Population Challenges
09/10/2013 01:21 PM ET  

Former State Economist Charlie Colgan says the state will lose tens of thousands of jobs over the next 20 years unless it starts bringing about 3,000 to 4,000 new people into the state every year.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ A former state economist says Maine faces a bleak future unless it begins to attract young workers, transform its housing system and find new economic opportunities in the growing aging population.

University of Southern Maine professor Charlie Colgan spoke during an event hosted by Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves of North Berwick on Tuesday. The series of four round table discussions with lawmakers, health care officials and business leaders is designed to create concrete policy ideas to introduce in January.

Colgan says the state will lose up to 20,000 jobs over the next 20 years unless it starts bringing about 3,000 to 4,000 new people into the state every year.

Maine has the nation's highest percentage of baby boomers at more than 29 percent and the oldest median age, 43.


 

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