Vermont unemployment rate moves up three-tenths to 5.2%

first_imgMontpelier — The Vermont Department of Labor announced October 21, 2008, that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September 2008 was 5.2% percent, up three-tenths of a point from the revised August rate of 4.9% and up 1.3 points from a year ago.”The nation’s housing and financial services crisis continues to impact Vermont’s labor market,” said Patricia Moulton Powden, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor. “Seasonally adjusted employment improved a bit in September, but the unemployment rate ticked up to 5.2%.”Before adjustment, Total Non-Farm jobs grew by 7,250 or 2.4% from August to September. Despite this growth, Total Non-Farm jobs remains down by 0.1%, or about 400 jobs, over the year. The Leisure and Hospitality sector showed its expected seasonal decline of 2,550 jobs or -7.3%. The Manufacturing and Construction sectors have contracted by 800 and 750 jobs respectively over the year.A large monthly seasonal gain came from state and local government as school support staffs return to work. And the Healthcare and Social Assistance sectors showed significant annual gains, growing by 950 jobs or 2.1% over the year.When seasonally adjusted, job levels increased slightly by 100 jobs over August, but still lag a year ago by 700 or -0.2%. Job losses were spread over most industry sectors with only Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities, (+300 / +3.5%), Health Care & Social Assistance, (+200 / +0.3%), and Other Services, (+100 / +0.6%) showing measurable growth in seasonally adjusted private sector jobs.Vermont’s observed seasonally adjusted monthly changes in employment, unemployment and unemployment rate are not statistically different from August values. For comparison purposes, the US seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 6.1 percent, unchanged from August 2008. Unemployment rates for Vermont’s 17 labor market areas ranged from 3.0 percent in Hartford to 6.3 percent in Newport. Local labor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. For comparison, the unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was 4.9 percent, up seven-tenths of a point from August 2008 and up 1.3 points from a year ago. Job counts decline slightly in September. Unemployment moves up three – tenths to 5.2%October 21, 2008 “The nation’s housing and financial services crisis continues to impact Vermont’s labor market.  Seasonally adjusted employment improved a bit in September, but the unemployment rate ticked up to 5.2%.” Patricia Moulton PowdenCommissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor September2008 August2008 September2007 Total Labor Force 353,300 351,100 352,600   Employment 334,900 333,800 339,000   Unemployment 18,300 17,300 13,600   Rate 5.2% 4.9% 3.9% Vermont Labor Force Statistics Seasonally Adjustedlast_img read more

Diversity and inclusion in the workplace Part II: The diversity scale

first_img This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img We all come from different backgrounds and have had vastly different sets of experiences, and yet employees from every walk of life come together every day to collaborate and work toward the same goal of professional success. As a business leader, you probably already know that when you bring a diverse set of individuals together as a team, you bring in new ideas and perspectives as a result of combining different world views, cultures, nationalities, and experiences.According to SurveyMonkey, “Thirty-eight percent of the 12,543 working Americans surveyed said that diversity and inclusion is a high priority for their company, both for business reasons, and—more importantly—for ethical ones. More and more companies have set diversity and inclusion related goals and committed to pursuing a more balanced workforce.”Unfortunately, diversity and inclusion can be difficult qualities of a workplace culture to quantify. In this blog post, we’ll take a close look at the five levels of the diversity scale—discrimination, bias, tolerance, acceptance, and enthusiasm—and give you tips for cultivating a culture of acceptance and enthusiasm in your organization.last_img read more

Julio Urías exercises impressive restraint, while Dodgers attempt to restrain his usage

first_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire SCOTTSDALE – A decade ago, Dodgers catcher Russell Martin was catching a rookie left-hander named Clayton Kershaw. Sunday he caught another young left-hander, Julio Urías, who is effectively restarting his young career at age 22.It was the first time Martin has caught Urías in a game. It was also spring training, a mere exhibition. Yet of all the superlatives Martin heaped on Urías, this one might have resonated the most: “a combination of talent and a guy who’s never going to get scared.”In a three-inning stint against the Colorado Rockies, Urías again flashed the latent potential dangling from his surgically repaired left shoulder. He threw 21 of his 34 pitches for strikes, demonstrating consistent control over his fastball, curveball and changeup. Besides Nolan Arenado, who reached on a walk and was erased on a double play, Urías didn’t allow a baserunner. He faced the minimum nine hitters, all major leaguers.“I always focus on working on the fastball, making sure I place the fastball where I need to put it, and have the other pitches work off that,” Urías said through an interpreter.Related Articles Urías is on an unconventional starter’s plan this spring. He’s slated to pitch three innings again in his next outing. More than two weeks remain before Opening Day, but Urías is scheduled to top out at four or five innings in camp, Manager Dave Roberts said.The restricted workload is a byproduct of caution. Urías threw a career-high 127 ⅔ innings in 2016. The following season, he was injured throwing a pitch in a Triple-A game. He had surgery on the anterior capsule of his left shoulder in June 2017 and did not pitch in a competitive setting for another 13 months.But Urías was healthy in time for the Dodgers’ last postseason run. He made seven appearances out of their bullpen last October, allowing only four hits and two runs across 6 ⅓ innings. A “normal” off-season followed, Urías said.“I left the surgery behind,” he said.If Urías is to help the Dodgers more than an inning at a time this October, he cannot begin the season in their starting rotation. His innings limit won’t allow it. How he’ll be used over the next six months remains to be seen. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season As he demonstrated Sunday, Urías remains a tantalizing weapon.The radar gun at Salt River Fields clocked Urías at 93-96 mph in the first inning. By the third inning, he was touching 97. Urías wasn’t pacing himself. Rather, he said, “once you feel good with the release point, that’s when you give more thought about putting more on the ball.”For Urías, a mid-90s fastball constitutes restraint.“It’s certainly fun and it feels good when he’s out there,” Roberts said. “He’s done everything he can possibly do to put him in this position. For him to put up zeros and execute pitches, that’s great for his development and his confidence. Where that takes him remains to be seen.”MORE CUTSThe Dodgers announced their second round of roster cuts Sunday.Pitchers Yadier Alvarez, Josh Sborz and Donnie Hart were optioned to minor league camp, along with catcher Rocky Gale and infielder/outfielder Matt Beaty. Pitcher Mitchell White, infielders Jake Peter, Omar Estevez and Gavin Lux, and outfielders D.J. Peters and Cameron Perkins were reassigned to minor league camp.Hart did not appear in a Cactus League game and threw only one bullpen after he was claimed off waivers. The Dodgers have 45 players in camp: 23 pitchers, 17 infielders/outfielders, and five catchers.ALSOClayton Kershaw played catch again on Sunday. Roberts said the left-hander will throw a bullpen Monday. It will be the first time Kershaw has thrown off a mound since he was sidelined by a shoulder injury early in camp. … Walker Buehler will throw to hitters Tuesday or Wednesday, Roberts said. The right-hander pitched to teammates Saturday as he began his progression toward a Cactus League game. … Both pitchers are expected to be on the Dodgers’ active roster to begin the season, despite having less than three weeks to build up their pitch count to start. “Is it the conventional build-up that both those guys are used to? Probably not if you look at the calendar,” Roberts said, “but whatever decision we make, it’s the decision we feel is best for the players and our club.” … Corey Seager is expected to get at-bats in a minor league game in the coming days, Roberts said. The shortstop recently missed two days because of an illness. He hasn’t appeared in a Cactus League game, but is expected to be on the active roster for opening day. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more