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January 1, 2021

Vermont unemployment rate declines again in February to 5.6 percent

first_imgVermont Seasonally Adjusted Nonfarm Employment in ThousandsBY NAICSPrelim.RevisedRevisedChange From:% Change From: Current Employment Statistics Program (CES). Produced by the Vermont Department of Labor in cooperation with the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Total – Nonfarm114,400113,100111,3001,3003,1001.12.8        Changes From Feb-11Jan-11Feb-10Jan-11Feb-10Jan-11Feb-10Total – Nonfarm304,100303,600295,8005008,3000.22.8   Private Industries249,900249,300241,3006008,6000.23.6    Construction13,70013,70013,50002000.01.5    Manufacturing31,30031,50030,400-200900-0.63.0      Durable Goods22,30022,40021,400-100900-0.44.2      Non-Durable Goods9,0009,1009,000-1000-1.10.0 Trade, Transportation & Utilities56,90056,60055,4003001,5000.52.7   Wholesale Trade9,5009,3009,3002002002.22.2   Retail Trade 39,00038,90037,7001001,3000.33.4   Trans., Warehousing & Utilities8,4008,4008,400000.00.0 Financial Activities12,50012,50012,20003000.02.5    Professional & Business Services24,50023,90022,7006001,8002.57.9      Professional., Scientific & Technical14,50014,10013,4004001,1002.88.2      Administrative Support & Waste9,7009,3008,4004001,3004.315.5 Education & Health Services60,10059,40059,1007001,0001.21.7   Private Ed. Services12,80012,70012,6001002000.81.6   Health Care & Social Assistance47,30046,70046,5006008001.31.7    Leisure & Hospitality 35,10035,90032,100-8003,000-2.29.3      Arts, Entertainment & Recreation3,9004,0003,800-100100-2.52.6      Accommodation & Food Services31,20031,90028,300-7002,900-2.210.2 Other Services9,9009,9009,80001000.01.0  Total Government54,20054,30054,500-100-300-0.2-0.6     State Government17,50017,40017,50010000.60.0     Local Government30,10030,30030,300-200-200-0.7-0.7Burlington-S. Burlington MSA Total Labor Force363,600362,500360,6001,1003,000   Employment343,300341,800336,500       1,5006,800   Unemployment20,30020,80024,100-500-3,800   Rate (%)5.65.76.7-0.1-1.1Vermont’s labor force, employment and unemployment statistics are produced from a combination of a Statewide survey of households and statistical modeling.  The data are produced by the Local Area Unemployment Statistics Program (LAUS) a cooperative program with the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Vermont Department of Labor.Unemployment Rates for States Unemployment Rates for States Monthly Rankings Seasonally Adjusted Feb. 2011p Rank State Rate1NORTH DAKOTA3.72NEBRASKA4.33SOUTH DAKOTA4.84NEW HAMPSHIRE5.45VERMONT5.66IOWA6.17WYOMING6.28HAWAII6.39VIRGINIA6.410OKLAHOMA6.511MINNESOTA6.712KANSAS6.813MARYLAND7.114MONTANA7.414WISCONSIN7.416MAINE7.517ALASKA7.618UTAH7.719ARKANSAS7.820LOUISIANA7.921PENNSYLVANIA8.022MASSACHUSETTS8.222NEW YORK8.222TEXAS8.225DELAWARE8.526NEW MEXICO8.727INDIANA8.828ILLINOIS8.929CONNECTICUT9.030WASHINGTON9.131NEW JERSEY9.231OHIO9.233ALABAMA9.333COLORADO9.335MISSOURI9.435WEST VIRGINIA9.437DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA9.538ARIZONA9.638TENNESSEE9.640IDAHO9.740NORTH CAROLINA9.742GEORGIA10.242MISSISSIPPI10.242OREGON10.242SOUTH CAROLINA10.246KENTUCKY10.446MICHIGAN10.448RHODE ISLAND11.249FLORIDA11.550CALIFORNIA12.251NEVADA13.6p = preliminary.NOTE: Rates shown are a percentage of the labor force. Data refer to place of residence. Estimates for the current month are subject to revision the following month. Program Update: Beginning with the production of March 2011 preliminary Current Employment Statistics data, the not seasonally adjusted and seasonally adjusted Statewide and Burlington-S. Burlington MSA will transition from the Vermont Department of Labor to the BLS. These data will be released on April 19th, 2011.  Concurrent with this transition, the BLS will implement several methodological changes to standardize the estimation approach across States. While these changes will reduce the potential for statistical bias in state and metropolitan area estimates, they may increase the month to month variability of the estimates.More detailed information on the changes to procedures for producing CES estimates is available on the BLS Web site at http://www.bls.gov/sae/cesprocs.htm(link is external). The Vermont Department of Labor announced today the seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate for February 2011 was 5.6 percent. This reflects the second straight month of a decrease of one-tenth of a percentage point to the statewide rate (i.e. the January unemployment rate was 5.7 percent) and a decrease of one and one-tenth of a percentage point from a year ago, February 2010. This is the lowest rate since November 2008. The US rate was down to 8.9 percent. Vermont had the fifth lowest rate in the nation (see table below).Looking back over recent years’ data, the last increase in the seasonally adjusted Vermont unemployment rate was in April 2009.  At that time the rate was 7.3 percent.  Since then the statewide unemployment rate has trended down to its current level of 5.6 percent. On another note of interest, February 2011 data marks a new all-time high for the size of the Vermont labor force.  For the past few months, the Vermont economy has reported a positive trend in both the total labor force and total employment.   ‘These numbers are encouraging even though Vermont is still experiencing the effects of elevated unemployment and under-employment compared to its long term economic history.  The Department of Labor is hopeful for positive news regarding Congressional decisions on the workforce development and training money that Vermont is hoping to receive in federal programs such as Workforce Investment Act, Youth Employment and Dislocated Worker programs,’ said Annie Noonan, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor.Analysis of Job Changes by IndustryThe preliminary ‘not seasonally adjusted’ jobs numbers for February show an increase of 3,250 jobs when compared to the revised January numbers.  This reported over the month change does not include the 350 job decrease between the preliminary and the revised January estimates due to the inclusion of more data.  As detailed in the preliminary not seasonally adjusted February data, Total Private reports an increase of 1,500 jobs and Government reports an increase of 1,750 jobs.  In the private sector, the industry with the largest nominal increase was Education & Health Services with 1,300 jobs.  Construction reported the largest nominal decline (-600 jobs) in the not seasonally adjusted data.  Based on the preliminary February data, the annual rate of unadjusted job growth was a positive 2.8 percent.The seasonally adjusted data for February reports an increase of 500 jobs from the revised January data.  As with the ‘not seasonally adjusted’ data, this over the month change is from the revised January numbers which experienced a downward revision from the preliminary estimates (-300 jobs).  A review of the seasonally adjusted February numbers shows Vermont’s Private Industries with a job increase of 600 jobs.  Education & Health Services (+700 jobs) and Professional & Business Services (+600 jobs) reported the largest job gains.  Leisure & Hospitality (-800 jobs) and Manufacturing (-200 jobs) reported the largest job declines.  Total Government decreased by 100 jobs from the revised January counts.State of Vermont OverviewVermont’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased one tenth of a percent to 5.6 percent in February.   The underlying data showed increases to the labor force (+1,100) and total employment (+1,500) combined with a decrease to total unemployment (-500).  For comparison purposes, the United States seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February showed a one tenth of a percent decrease to 8.9 percent.February unemployment rates for Vermont’s 17 labor market areas ranged from 3.8 percent in Warren-Waitsfield to 9.7 percent in Newport.  Local labor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.  For comparison, the February unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was 6.0 percent, which was three-tenths of a percentage point lower than the revised January data and down one and three-tenths of a percentage point from a year ago.For details, please contact Mathew Barewicz at the Vermont Department of Labor at 802-828-4153 or [email protected](link sends e-mail) Notes: Statewide Total Nonfarm is a summed total and Wholesale Trade has been added as a seasonally adjusted series in 2011.           Mining & Logging and Information are not published seasonally adjusted because the seasonal component, which is                  small relative to the trend-cycle and irregular components, cannot be separated with sufficient precision. February2011January2011February2010January2011February2010 Vermont Labor Force Statistics (Seasonally Adjusted) ESTIMATED NONFARM EMPLOYMENT IN VERMONTlast_img read more

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September 17, 2020

Panelists discuss nuclear threats from North Korea

first_imgOn Tuesday, Dornsife Dialogues hosted a panel discussion on the potential of a nuclear war with North Korea. Led by USC Dornsife Dean Amber Miller, the panel included David Petraeus, a retired U.S. Army four-star general, and David Kang, a professor of international relations and the director of the USC Korean Studies Institute. At the event, the panelists discussed the political and economic issues between North Korea and the rest of the world.With intensifying political tension with North Korea from the Trump administration, the possibility of a nuclear war hangs in the minds of American citizens. According to a Pew Research study, 65 percent of Americans are concerned about North Korea’s nuclear weapons. Both Petraeus and Kang focused on the perceptions and their opinions on North Korea leader Kim Jong-un and how his leadership affects international politics, specifically the relationship between North Korea and the United States. “I actually think [the Asia] trip is really important,” Kang said. “President [Donald] Trump, particularly on the Japan and Korea side where he was talking about North Korea, he hit all the right notes. In general, the message I hear from President Trump, even though it’s a little more flamboyant than perhaps others, remains a deterring message.” Kang explained how Trump’s recent visit to South Korea and Japan was a crucial step toward the relationship and future interactions between East Asia and the United States. Both Kang and Petraeus also assessed the security dilemma between the two countries and how the United States is trying to get a stronger stance against North Korea.“To put this into context in United States terms, I think you need to be fair with the current administration and acknowledge that it faces a different prospect from any of its predecessors and other administrations,” Petraeus said. “I think it’s understandable that there should be such a focus on this [nuclear attack] issue with the U.S. National Security Team.” Because North Korea has the ability and resources to strike the United States, Petraeus believes that China must play a more prominent role in communications between the countries, because the current message discipline is lacking. Petraeus also emphasized that the sooner China realizes these strategic gratifications, the better this situation will be for all parties. Kang observed that the United States is more worried about a nuclear attack from North Korea than the rise of the Chinese economy, and he found it interesting how the United States fears a smaller country more than a great power. “I think it’s interesting that we’ve been worried about the rise of China, but the rise of China hasn’t caused a lot of military response in the region,” Kang said. “But the smallest country, North Korea, is getting South Korea to rethink their military commitment. I think it’s very interesting that it’s not the biggest country that’s causing the instability, it’s the smallest country and I think that’s something we need to think about and starting understanding.” Kang explained how North Korea has consistently made deterring statements in past years, such as “If you strike us first, we will strike you back.” However, one of the reasons a fear of attack in the United States is growing is because most of the media only reports on the second portion of the statement, to create a “sea of fire” image to the audience, he said. Petraeus and Kang ended the forum by conversing about how the decisions China makes in regards to joining sides with the United States or North Korea will severely impact the future of international politics. Trump has threatened multiple times to stop U.S. trade with China.“If the trade sanctions are actually enforced by China, it would be a big deal,” Petraeus said. “China could literally turn the lights out in Pyongyang if it wants to. It will not, probably because it wants to try to calibrate this to bring Kim Jong-un to his senses instead of his knees. They don’t want North Korea to collapse.”last_img read more

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December 18, 2019

JCI South Africa honours four outstanding young people

first_imgFour young people who are doing outstanding work in their communities in Gauteng were chosen as JCI South Africa’s outstanding persons. The awards are a national event.Rudzani Mulaudzi, Kamogelo Mangena, Michael Shackleton and Kealeboga Moremba are named the 2017 Top Outstanding Young Persons, hosted by the Junior Chamber International South Africa. (Images: Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanRudzani Mulaudzi, an entrepreneur, advised young people to start with whatever idea they had to contribute to change in their community. “Until you start you will never know what you are capable of doing,” he said at the 2017 Top Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) awards, held on 29 June 2017 by the Junior Chamber International South Africa (JCI South Africa) in partnership with Brand South Africa.“If you have a passion, for instance in making music, look how you can make use of it in a community context so that it can be impactful to people and the community you belong to,” said the 29-year-old. He is the co-founder of Gradesmatch, an education technology initiative that connects learners, parents and teachers to careers, bursaries and institutions. Through Gradesmatch he has reached 10,000 learners.Mulaudzi is also researching how to drive stokvels from being pure consumers to becoming investors.He is one of those named in the TOYP awards of the JCI South Africa. The awards celebrated all the nominees and highlighted the four TOYP. The celebration was held at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg.Why the awardsThe awards identify, recognise and profile young active citizens who have a positive impact on their communities. It is part of the global TOYP awards, in which the JCI South Africa honourees can be nominated.The 2017 Top Outstanding Young Persons Awards trophy.The JCI South Africa is a nonprofit organisation that has been affiliated to Junior Chamber International since 1957. The chamber is a worldwide community of young active citizens between the ages of 18 and 40, who believe in creating positive change.Its members promote entrepreneurial and leadership skills needed to generate positive changes in their communities, their countries and the world.The TOYP of the global JCI body will be announced later this year. In the meantime, you can vote for the South African honourees on the website. You can also share their stories.A contribution to your countryLinda Sangaret, chief marketing officer of Brand South Africa, said these young people were making a contribution to improve the country. “This is a reminder to help create and to play your part taking care of one another. Every person in the country should be involved in making the country a better place.”South Africa’s nation brand agency was proud to be part of the awards ceremony, she said. “These young people are taking part in addressing social inequalities. These young people drive active citizenship.”Yase Godlo of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.Given the difficult economic times in the country, people must collaborate to help create a positive change, Sangaret said. “The people in South Africa are the most important stakeholders of the nation brand.”She urged South Africans to make a contribution to issues such as alleviating poverty.The processThere were between 40 and 50 nominations for the TOYP Awards from all over South Africa, said JCI South Africa national president Bridgett Majola. “We chose four [instead of 10] honourees, because these guys are exceptional. We think they will do well on a global platform. They were nominated by us to be part of the global Ten Outstanding Young People Awards competition.”Lerato Thekiso (middle) is a nominee in the Top Outstanding Young Persons Awards. Her female empowerment initiative is called The Unleashed Woman. She is pictured with Samantha Moyo (left) and Atlegang Motlhako (right).Results of the global competition will be announced later this year in Amsterdam.Majola explained that the four honourees’ prize included having access to the Brand South Africa Masterclass and JCI South Africa events. “It’s a coincidence that all of the honourees are from Gauteng [even if the competition was national].”The awards gave the JCI South Africa an opportunity to identify young people in different spheres, she said. “We are recognising active citizens playing their part in different spaces, showing us that change is possible. They are also inspiring other young people…“If we all take basic action, we will be able to see change within ourselves and our country.”The four Top Outstanding Young Persons with the judges and stakeholders of the competition. The awards were handed out on 29 June 2017.The Top Outstanding Young PersonsThe other three honourees are:Kealeboga MorembaMoremba is a 25-year-old communications officer and social entrepreneur. Being the only child in her street to have studied further, Moremba is passionate about youth- and female empowerment. She founded Fab Glam, an initiative aimed at developing young women through seminars, high teas, dignity days, entrepreneurial talks and career days.She is also a volunteer mentor at Ikamva Youth and a Spirit of Youth facilitator at the Gordon Institute of Business Science Centre for Leadership and Dialogue.On active citizenship, her advice to the youth is: “Do more than just be on social media; be a voice for those who cannot voice their opinion. With that voice, couple it with action. We can make a difference.”Michael ShackletonShackleton, 29, co-founded a law firm in 2015. He is also a city councillor in the City of Tshwane Metropolitan. Besides being a community leader, he is also the president of Toastmasters International in Pretoria East.Doing public speaking, especially in the organisation Toastmasters, helped him overcome his stutter and gave him more confidence.He believes we can do a lot to alleviate youth unemployment. “We have a choice to sit and do nothing or we can create opportunities for one another. We can help create opportunities so that people can succeed in life.”Shackleton added: “We have to save ourselves as youth. We must unite and move forward.”Kamogelo MangenaMangena, 21, is a public policy maker, feminism and gender activist. Being a change agent for his community, he has been involved in various projects. He helps to educate people in his community in civic responsibility, the Constitution and the role that people can play in local government.One of his achievements is forming a study group for students who have not done well in their studies, giving them resources and helping them prepare for examinations. Three of his students gained university entrance.Mangena advises people to work together to make an impact in their communities. “Take the lead. The country needs us to get dirty and contribute towards change. In whatever you do, let’s try to impact change.” He urged the youth to be solution-orientated.Source: JCI South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

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December 16, 2019

To Combat Piracy, Music Labels to Sell Digital Singles the Same Day Songs Hit the Radio

first_imgIn an attempt to combat digital piracy, Sony Music and Universal have announced that they will put digital singles for sale the same day that the music hits the airwaves. According to record label executives, the move is meant to combat what The Guardian calls the “impatient X Factor generation” who are unwilling to wait what is sometimes up to six weeks between a radio release of a song and its actual sales release.Whether or not that length of time is what’s contributed to rampant piracy of digital music, there’s no doubt that early releases of songs on the radio do tend to find themselves available for download illegally shortly thereafter.According to music executives, the practice of “setting up” a record several weeks in advance of sales is out-of-date. “What we were findng under the old system was the search for songs on Google or iTunes were peaking two weeks before they actually became available to buy,” says David Joseph, the chief executive of Universal Music, “meaning that the public was bored of – or had already pirated – new singles.”The practice of hyping music before release was part of a strategy of having songs hit the number one position on the chart upon release, and The Guardian says that industry insiders believe this new “on air, on sale” policy will make it easier for songs to climb the charts as excitement grows, rather than simply appear on the charts on release day, only to fall off immediately afterwards.Sony and Universal will start this new policy in the U.K. It’s not clear at this time if other record labels – or labels in other countries – will follow suit. Of course, nor is it clear that the lack of “instant gratification” in getting new songs is really the impetus behind music piracy. Tags:#music#NYT#web audrey watters Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

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October 15, 2019

STRATFORD FESTIVAL GETS 20M FROM TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT FOR NEW TOM PATTERSON THEATRE

first_img Facebook It will cost $68 million with federal and provincial governments contributing $20 million each. The rest will come from fundraising efforts by the festival itself.READ MORE Advertisement Stratford Festival has two-thirds of the money it needs to build its new Tom Patterson Theatre after Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly announced a $20 million contribution by the federal government on Monday.“Cultural and recreational infrastructure make our communities places where families can play, where neighbours can meet, and where Canadians can celebrate the many cultures that make up our country,” Joly said in a news release.The festival unveiled its plan to build a completely new Tom Patterson Theatre, on the grounds of the existing building, back in August.The new theatre design is by Siamak Hariri, an architect with Toronto-based firm Hariri Pontarini. It will feature glass pane windows that are 75 centimetres wide and six and a third meters high with thin, wide bronze mullions between them. (Stratford Festival) Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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September 17, 2019

Black College Expo San Diego

first_img KUSI Newsroom, January 29, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) –  The National College Resource Foundation is inviting students to the Black College Expo Tuesday in San Diego at the MLK Center at Bayview.The College Expo is for all students, all backgrounds. Students get to meet one-on-one with over 200 colleges, Ivy League, private, public, independent, military colleges and community colleges.Students receive on the spot scholarships, acceptance to colleges, application fees are waived, plus students can get help from experts filling out their financial aid forms. Students attend seminars on “Booming Careers”, “The 411 for the Student Athlete”, “How to Find Money for College”, and even Hip Hop artist YoYo teaches students “How to get A’s in English.”Actor Kel Mitchell hosts an after party to get students excited about college.The event is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.For more information click here. Posted: January 29, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Black College Expo San Diego Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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September 14, 2019

The Top of Its Niche How The Knot Garnered 1 Million Instagram

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September 11, 2019

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday December 29 2018

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September 5, 2019

Ind vs Pak match Saif Ali Khans picture with Ziva Dhoni is

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September 2, 2019

WATCH The 2017 International Quilt Festival Houston

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