There are many different types of jobs in Maine that are important to our economy. However, it is foundational jobs – those jobs that add value, create goods, or bring money into the state – that are the bedrock of our economy.
Foundational jobs, simply put, add value to Maine’s economy by producing goods and services or bringing money in from outside the state. For example, a manufacturing job may produce a product that is then sold to another state. The money from that product goes into Maine’s economy, and helps pay for business expansion, job growth, and jobs in the service sectors. In addition, business and individual incomes in foundational sectors create wealth and pay taxes for government services such as firefighters, law enforcement, education, natural resource protection, transportation, and more. Examples of foundational jobs include: