Weekly unemployment claims fall back to mid-winter levels

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The post-winter recreation layoffs appear to be subsiding, if a little earlier than usual, and weekly unemployment claims are back to about where they were in January. Claims fell last week, but are still slightly ahead of numbers from the same time last year, as the disappointing winter tourism season ended sooner due to a historically warm winter. For the week of March 26, 2016, there were 639 claims, down 155 from the previous week’s total and 71 more than they were a year ago. By industry, claims fell evenly across most sectors. Altogether 7,299 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 103 from a week ago, and 154 fewer than a year ago.The Department processed 0 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08).The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)Vermont’s unemployment rate held at 3.4 percent in February, as the labor force and total employment increased, along with a decrease in the number of unemployed. SEE STORY.NOTE: Employment (nonfarm payroll) – A count of all persons who worked full- or part-time or received pay from a nonagricultural employer for any part of the pay period which included the 12th of the month. Because this count comes from a survey of employers, persons who work for two different companies would be counted twice. Therefore, nonfarm payroll employment is really a count of the number of jobs, rather than the number of persons employed. Persons may receive pay from a job if they are temporarily absent due to illness, bad weather, vacation, or labor-management dispute. This count is based on where the jobs are located, regardless of where the workers reside, and is therefore sometimes referred to as employment “by place of work.” Nonfarm payroll employment data are collected and compiled based on the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey, conducted by the Vermont Department of Labor. This count was formerly referred to as nonagricultural wage and salary employment.last_img read more

Assembly Members Confirmed to Marijuana Task Force

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly confirmed their representation on the borough’s recently created Marijuana Task Force. Nikiski’s Wayne Ogle and Kenai’s Blaine Gilman were established as the two assembly members to weigh in on the 11 person volunteer task force. The other nine members will be made up of three knowledgeable public individuals, one law enforcement member, mayoral staff, and four appointees nominated by those aforementioned members.last_img read more

Gurias survive scrappy win over Wigmen

first_imgRugby League BY SIMON KESLEP Agmark Rabaul Gurias held onto a scrappy 12-4 win against Kroton Hela Wigmen in Digicel Cup round 13 double header match yesterday at Oil Search National Football Stadium in Port Moresby. Wigmen took an early lead on the scoreboard with a successful penalty conversion by five-eight Japheth Olik. Going up against a competitive side like Gurias, Wigmen had to work their way out from their own danger zone and turn the momentum of the game in their favor. It was another referee marred match scenario with ball stripping and forced errors claimed by the players. Gurias had to play by the ref’s calls and this eventually paid off for them when hooker and man of the match Brian Gispe scored their first converted try. Gispe’s try came from a lead up offload by Muka Peter and later got set up by Tuvi Lepan. Halfback Solomon Pokare added the extras to keep them in front. Poor ball security including forced errors against opposition especially ball carriers resulted in Wigmen slotting another penalty conversion by Olik. It was their only points for the remaining minutes of the first half as Gurias forward pack including direction plays coming from the halves and hooker Gispe kept Wigmen busy in defensive sets. With the final minutes of play before halftime, Gurias workaholic second row forward Tuvi Lepan crossed over for another converted try. Lepan’s try was one of their set plays – a routine at training, something Coach Steven Nightingale was pleased to see how they executed it leading up to the try. He (Tuvi) ran a straight line direction play after a scrum pack at Wigmen’s 10 metre line. Pokare again added the extras for a 12-4 halftime lead. The second half was riddled with again scrappy performance coming from both teams. Wigmen had several opportunity at hand in attack but their halves simply could not find tune to direct plays and finish off by scoring tries. Gurias were also giving Wigmen a test every time they had possession. Wigmen’s Emmanuel Ape Waine, Stanford Talita, skipper Benjamin Hetra and Bernard Goma were few of the players who stood out to spark up their team’s attacking play. Gurias, at certain minutes of play, were kept within their danger but they held on defensively to deny Wigmen opportunities to score. Both teams were unable to score points in the remaining final ten minutes of play and this resulted in Gurias controlling their game to come out with the win. Meanwhile NCDC Port Moresby Vipers cause a major upset with a 32-16 win over JPG Waghi Tumbe and it was Vipers man of the match performance hooker Ate Bina Wabo who had a fair share to steer his side to claim the win.last_img read more