Unemployment rate increases one-tenth to 5.8 percent

first_imgThe Vermont Department of Labor announced today the seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate for calendar year 2010 trended down by nine tenths of a percentage point.  The year ended with a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 5.8 percent which was a tenth of a percent higher than the November rate.  This final over the month change was the only increase in 2010.  It was preceded by a mix of five months of no change and six declines in the statewide unemployment rate. ‘The growth in the Vermont labor force outpaced the growth in total employment in the last month of 2010,’ said Annie Noonan, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor.  ‘Historically, early periods of economic expansion have been occasionally marked by temporary increases to the unemployment rate as individuals return to the labor force seeking work, but in advance of actually have secured employment.  We anticipate this to be one of those periods as economic data continues to suggest a slow but positive trend towards economic recovery.  Overall, as we look back, the performance of the Vermont economy exceeded expectations in 2010,’ Noonan concluded.Analysis of Job Changes by IndustryThe preliminary ‘not seasonally adjusted’ jobs numbers for December show an increase of 3,050 jobs when compared to the revised November numbers.  This reported over the month change does not include the 600 job increase between the preliminary and the revised November estimates due to the revision process and the inclusion of more sample data.  As detailed in the preliminary December data, Total Private reports an increase of 3,100 jobs and Government reports a minor decrease of 50 jobs.  In the private sector, the industries with notable increases were Leisure and Hospitality (+4,700 jobs) and Manufacturing (+300 jobs).  Construction (-1,300 jobs) and Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (-500 jobs) reported the largest nominal declines.Based on the preliminary December data, the annual rate of unadjusted job growth returned to negative territory this month (-0.1%).  This is a decline from the revised November estimate by two tenths of a percent. The seasonally adjusted data for December reports a decrease of 1,100 jobs from the revised November data.  As with the ‘not seasonally adjusted’ data, this over the month change is from the revised November numbers which experienced a positive revision from the preliminary November estimates (+700 jobs).  A review of the seasonally adjusted December numbers shows Vermont’s Private Industries with a job decline of 800 jobs.  Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (-500), Educational and Health Services (-500) and Construction (-400) reported the largest job losses by industry.  As for advancing industries, Leisure and Hospitality (+800) and Manufacturing (+400 jobs) led the way with positive increases in the seasonally adjusted data.  Total Government declined by 300 jobs from the revised November counts.   State of Vermont OverviewVermont’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased one tenth of a percent to 5.8 percent in December.   The underlying data showed increases to the labor force (+1,200), total employment (+1,000), and to total unemployment (+200).  For comparison purposes, the United States seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December showed a four tenths of a percent decrease to 9.4 percent. December unemployment rates for Vermont’s 17 labor market areas ranged from 3.8 percent in Warren-Waitsfield to 8.3 percent in Newport.  Local labor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. For comparison, the December unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was 5.6 percent, which was one tenth of a percentage point lower than the revised November data and down one percentage point from a year ago.last_img read more

China reports 1,300 asymptomatic virus cases after public concern

first_imgTopics : The National Health Commission (NHC) said 1,367 asymptomatic patients were under medical observation, with 130 new cases newly added in the last day.The NHC announced Tuesday that it would respond “to public concerns” by starting to publish daily data on asymptomatic cases, which it said were infectious.There were mass online calls for the government to reveal the number of asymptomatic cases after authorities revealed over the weekend that an infected woman in Henan province had been in close contact with three asymptomatic cases. However, asymptomatic cases are not being added to the official tally unless they later show clinical symptoms. China on Wednesday said it has more than 1,300 asymptomatic coronavirus cases, the first time it has released such data following public concern over people who have tested positive but are not showing symptoms.Health officials also reported the first imported case from abroad in Wuhan — the epicenter where the virus first emerged late last year — heightening fears of infections being brought into China from other countries.Of 36 new cases reported Wednesday, 35 were imported from abroad.center_img Historical data on those infected without showing symptoms has not been published.Beijing has announced a series of dramatic measures to curb arrivals into the country and control imported cases — including a ban on foreigners entering China and testing those arriving from overseas — making it easier to determine those who are infected but don’t show symptoms.China says all detected asymptomatic cases and their close contacts must undergo 14-day centralized quarantine.Experts agree that asymptomatic patients are likely to be infectious, but it remains unknown how responsible they are for spreading the deadly virus.Chinese respiratory expert Zhong Nanshan said in a state media interview last week that asymptomatic carriers could potentially infect “3 to 3.5 people each”.Many other countries including South Korea and Japan count asymptomatic cases in their national tallies of confirmed diagnoses.There have now been 81,554 infections in China, with 3,312 deaths — mostly concentrated in the epicenter of Wuhan and surrounding Hubei province.The first imported case confirmed in Wuhan, a Chinese national studying in Britain, arrived in the city last week as it starts to gradually lift travel restrictions imposed to control the outbreak.last_img read more

Democrats Want to Consider Gun Control in FL Senate’s Mass Shooting Review

first_imgFlorida Democratic lawmakers want to have the possibility of an assault weapons ban and expanded background checks considered at the Florida Senate’s upcoming review of mass shootings and white nationalism.Senate President and Republican Bill Galvano, of Bradenton, called for the review last week, following the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio that claimed 31 lives.According to a letter that Senate Democratic Leader Audrey Gibson sent to Galvano, “[S]hould we continue to fail to give these bills the thorough consideration they deserve, we continue to risk the lives of every family, every child — every Floridian — who looks to us for leadership and solutions to this escalating threat to their safety. We continue to provide the means by which the trigger can be pulled.”Another bill the Democrats have filed would potentially expand the state’s red-flag law to add parents, grandparents, spouses, siblings and guardians to individuals who can petition the courts to seize firearms. Under existing Florida law, only law enforcement officers can file a petition to have guns taken from people who are suspected of being a threat.Republican Senator Tom Lee, who will lead the review, says he intends to include the gun control debate on the agenda. He adds, “I understand that is going to be a central question that is part of this discussion.”Florida’s GOP Legislature made changes after last year’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman High School that included raising the age to buy a rifle from 18 to 21, as well as making it easier for law enforcement to take guns from dangerous people, imposing a statewide three-day waiting period for all long-gun sales, increasing mental health and school security funding, and banning bump stocks, which enable semiautomatic weapons to fire more rapidly.However, Gibson says none of those would have prevented the recent shooting at A Walmart in El Paso, Texas. She explains, “His act of terrorism was carried out with a single, unmodified AK-47-style semi-automatic rifle, legally purchased in Texas and easily available at gun stores and through private sales here in Florida.”last_img read more

Three changes on Tipp team for Waterford match

first_imgSubs:16.        Darragh Mooney – Éire Óg Annacarty17.        Kieran Bergin – Killenaule18.        Andrew Coffey -Nenagh Éire Óg19.        Conor Kenny – Borris-Ileigh20.        Liam McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney21.        Conor O’Brien – Éire Óg Annacarty22.        Niall O’Meara -Kilruane MacDonaghs23.        Daire Quinn – Nenagh Éire Óg24.        Adrian Ryan – Templederry Kenyons25.        Liam Ryan – Drom & Inch26.        Willie Ryan – Clonakenny Throw-in at Semple Stadium on Sunday is at 3 o’clock.  Tipp FM’s live coverage of the match will be brought to you in association with Alliance Medical, South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel. Seamus Callinan of Drom & Inch makes his anticipated return to the side and will line out at full-forward, Nenagh Éire Óg’s Barry Heffernan makes his league debut at right-half back and Ronan Maher of Thurles Sarsfields makes his first start in the NHL at centre back.The match-day 26 is as follows:1.        Darren Gleeson – Portroe2.        Cathal Barrett – Holycross-Ballycahill3.        Tomás Hamill – Moyne-Templetuohy4.        Michael Cahill – Thurles Sarsfields5.        Barry Heffernan – Nenagh Éire Óg6.        Ronan Maher -Thurles Sarsfields7.        Padraic Maher – Thurles Sarsfields8.        Brendan Maher (Capt.) – Borris-Ileigh9.        Michael Breen – Ballina10.        Noel McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney11.        Dan McCormack -Borris-Ileigh12.        Patrick Maher – Lorrha-Dorrha13.        John O’Dwyer – Killenaule14.        Seamus Callanan -Drom & Inch15.        John McGrath – Loughmore-Castleineylast_img read more

Sky Betting & Gaming renews long-standing Playtech partnership

first_img Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Sky Betting & Gaming has renewed its partnership with Playtech by agreeing a multi-product deal which extends across Playtech’s dedicated Live Casino environment.The long-standing partnership has facilitated year-on-year growth within gaming, live and bingo verticals at Sky Bet, who recently picked up an inaugural award recognising marketing excellence and innovation across the Playtech Casino network of global licensees.For example, Sky Casino’s main Roulette table showcases an ‘ultra-modern environment’ by integrating digital display around the original cloth design and by including a first-to-market Roulette wheel displaying the revolutions of the ball during each spin.Sky Casino, the first brand to launch a dedicated offering within Playtech’s purpose-built live casino studio in Riga, received the top prize of one month’s exclusivity on a new Playtech game as well as £50,000 in marketing budget contribution.Mor Weizer, CEO of Playtech, said: “Over the years we have developed a fantastic relationship with Richard and his team. We’re delighted Sky Betting & Gaming has signed a long-term, multi-product extension that brings together one of the UK’s best-performing and fastest growing UK sports betting and gaming operators and the industry’s best-performing software and technology supplier.“This not only shows the huge strength our products have, but also the great trust and faith Sky Betting & Gaming has put in Playtech to deliver even greater results than it has already achieved. Sky Betting & Gaming is going from strength-to-strength and together I’m confident we can achieve many more years of great success.”Richard Flint, CEO at Sky Betting & Gaming, added: “I’m delighted with the work that we’ve done with Playtech over the years and this new deal is a key part of our plans for continued growth across our biggest brands.” Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

City League Football Wrap-Up…A look at what ended up being what

first_imgGREG MCGHEE (William McBride/File Photo) Those are big shoes to fill. Marshall left Brashear to star at West Virginia. After a stellar career as an All-Big East performer he became a 5th round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 2005.McGhee, however, was among the top passers in all western Pennsylvania, and in many accounts has been the “best kept secret in western PA.” He finished with nearly 2,500 yards passing to go along with 24 touchdowns, compared to only five interceptions. Interestingly enough, he has not made an official decision on where he’ll be attending college.“So far I’ve been having some communication with schools in the Mid-American Conference (MAC), schools like Ohio U, Toledo, and others,” McGhee said. “Most recently, Wisconsin has contacted me and I’m now in the process of getting some tapes together to send them.”It was announced last Sunday that Wisconsin will face TCU in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on New Years’ Day.“I would be thrilled to be a Badger,” McGhee replied, when asked.Here is a look into the current situations for each team and how they fared this season.1. Perry (11-2, 11-0) 17 SeniorsNotable losses—QB Greg McGhee , WR Devin Ghafoor, WR Eric Frye, TE Joe Arthur, G Steven Wicks, RB Micheal Banks, and WR Gerald Sherill.The Commodores may shift to being a running team next season, due to the fact that they’ll have a new nucleus of three junior running backs, including top-rusher Chinelo Oparanozie, who mainly carried the load for Perry during their championship season.Quotable: “The Perry football program is all about tradition,” Perry coach Bill Gallagher said. “These guys wait in the wings and go hard during practice, always waiting for their opportunities. That’s what helps us most with the younger guys on our roster.”2. Brashear (5-3, 6-5) 13 seniorsNotable losses—K Cody Magliocca, LB Dillon Semion, DT/OL Michael Ford, and DL/OL Darryl Bryant.The Bulls will return several players at skill positions next season; names like QB/WR Jawanza Bryant, RB Tre Gaines, WR/KR Manny Reed, RB Joel Nesbit, WR Ricky Gay, and WR/DB Jamil Smith. They will also ride on the fact that they’ve been one of the league’s most dominant teams for the past decade.Quotable: “We can’t become complacent,” Brashear head coach Rick Murphy said. “Every year, it’s competitive. I think we have a good group of kids for next year and I believe we’ve got what it takes to put together a championship-caliber team.3. Allderdice (6-2, 6-5) 12 seniorsNotable losses—QB Mike Pfleger, LB Jared Davis, OL Trevor Gibson.The Dragons made the biggest turnarounds this season. Just a season ago, they were 1-8 and in the basement, as far as the final standings. Allderdice will bring back one of the youngest, yet most experienced lineups next season—led by sophomore running back Patrick Ferguson.Quotable: “We have a lot of things to build on after this season,” Allderdice coach Jerry Haslett said. “We got a lot accomplished over the past year. We grew closer and became a team. I expect a lot of good things to happen next year.”4. Schenley (5-3, 5-5) 14 seniorsNotable losses—WR/DB DeAndre Black, QB Calvin Beck, OL/DL Shaquille Thomas.Schenley, in its final year as a program will join up with the ‘USO’ (University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama) as the newest addition in the City League for the 2011 season. The Spartans fell short of a repeat this season as they fell to Perry in the semi-finals. They will enjoy a wave of youth that will come in for next season, despite having one of the more dramatic drop-offs of talent, namely at skill positions, over the past two seasons. Not to mention, this program experienced a mid-season psychological shake in finding out that the MVP of last year’s championship game was killed in an overnight shooting at California University of PA back in October.Quotable: “We’re green,” Schenley coach Jason Bell remarked several times over the 2010 season. “We have a lot to learn and we will continue to learn over time. I am confident in my players’ abilities and what they are able to endure. What marks a man is the way that he handles adversity.”5. Oliver (4-4, 4-7) 12 seniorsNotable losses—WR Trevon Kendrick, TE Devante Tiller, RB Tyree Mathis, RB Tevin Washington.Oliver earned a spot in the Class AA PIAA playoffs by posting a .500 league record and suffered a 44-14 loss to Brockway in the first round at Clarion University. But the Bears can lean on the fact that they still very well could be one of the better AA teams going into next season, bringing back some talented youth. One of those includes the 5-10, 160 pound sophomore quarterback Shakeem Cox.Quotable: “I don’t know what’s going to happen next year, because our enrollment’s down and I’m on a committee (about it),” Oliver coach Tim Keefer said about his team’s future due to the league’s proposed re-alignment. “This is Oliver in the state playoffs, but now they want some kids to go play at Perry and co-op … so there might be some kids that don’t have a lot of opportunities.”6. Langley (3-5, 4-6) 8 seniorsNotable losses—WR Stefon Faye, RB Joey Bell, WR/DB Darryl Adams.The Mustangs found themselves in last season scraps to make the City League’s post-season and edge out Oliver to represent the City League in the Class AA State playoffs.They managed to do neither. But their bright side is that they have a low graduation total going into next season and they did not fall short of either of those feats by much.Quotable: “We’ve got some young people in the skill positions,” said Langley coach Kenny Wright. “It’s a little disappointing how we ended our season. We were better than how we finished. At one juncture, we were tied for second place, and with some misfortune we ended up in sixth place and out of contention. It just showed our kids how you just can’t ever be satisfied.”7. Peabody (3-5, 3-6) 4 seniorsNotable losses—CB Josh Butler, DL Antione Walls, WR Airon Walker, OL/DL Losotto Davis.Perhaps one the youngest teams in the City, the Highlanders won their final three games of not only the 2010 season, but in program history as well. They will find themselves in the midst of the USO consolidation as Pittsburgh Obama will make its move from the ‘Schenley-stein’ building into Peabody next year.Quotable: “I was very proud of the way that our kids fought out there, winning the final games of our history,” said Peabody coach Leonard Carter. “They didn’t give up despite the uncertainty of our future and all of the disappointment that is associated with that.”8. Carrick (2-6, 2-8) 9 seniorsNotable losses—QB/RB/WR Rasheed McKamey, WR/DB DeMario Patterson, OL/DL Jonah Pyus, WR Jajuan Thomas, WR/DB Lafon Pace, OL/DL Josh Kalsek, WR/DB Jordan Wilson, DL/FB Kenyatta Mohammed, FB/LB Josiah Fleming.The fact that head coach Jeff McCafferty stressed that all of his seniors this year are tremendous losses, is the most telling characteristic that Carrick is in need of a huge rebuilding process. A team that usually hangs around in post-season talks were completely non-existent this year, in that sense.Quotable: “We have some good talent coming back as well as some big holes to fill,” McCafferty said. “You play the game from September to November but you win the games from January to (August).”9. Westinghouse (1-9, 0-8) 12 seniorsNotable losses—WR Jevaughn Patterson, C Tirell Harris.After beating Bentworth in a non-conference match-up in week one, people had every reason to believe that this might be a much needed rebounding year for Westinghouse.But after that, the Bulldogs stopped barking. Their winless conference campaign in 2010 could have perhaps been one the worst, historically, in Westinghouse’s history as a program. Monte Robinson, Westinghouse’s coach was unreachable for comment.(Follow our continuing coverage of City League sports and add your comments to our website at www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com.) (Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected]) by Malik Vincent For New Pittsburgh Courier The snow covered grounds around Pittsburgh are a grand indication that high school football has come to its end in the City League. Perry, the class of the City, made an early exit out of the PIAA playoffs—in a close 35-26 loss to District VI Champ State College—after dominating the League with a perfect 11-0 mark. That included a convincing 32-0 rout of its second-best team, the Brashear Bulls, in the championship game on Nov. 20.One thing that may always be remembered about this season was Perry’s prolific passing attack. Head coach Bill Gallagher, was an assistant on a Brashear team that quarterback Rasheed Marshall played on and described his QB Greg McGhee as a “better player than Marshall.”last_img read more