Weekly unemployment claims fall again after Irene-related spike

first_imghttp://www.vermontbiz.com/sites/all/modules/fckeditor/fckeditor/editor/c…); “>http://www.vermontbiz.com/sites/all/modules/fckeditor/fckeditor/editor/c…); “>http://www.vermontbiz.com/sites/all/modules/fckeditor/fckeditor/editor/c…); “>August2011July2011August2010July2011August2010 Total Labor Force359,800359,800360,0000-200   Employment338,800339,300338,400-500400   Unemployment21,10020,50021,600600-500   Rate (%)5.95.76.00.2-0.1Vermont’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. Vermont Labor Force Statistics (Seasonally Adjusted) There were 608 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week. This is a decrease of 109 from the week before, as new claims again fell following a two-week spike in claims resulting from tropical storm Irene. The week prior to the storm saw a seasonal low of fewer than 500 claims. Altogether 5,981 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 394 from a week ago and 1,285 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 1,443 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 1 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 727 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is unchanged from the week before. 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 increased two-tenths in August to 5.9 percent. See story HERE.          Changes Fromlast_img read more

Whitwell, Drake hit IMCA jackpots at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nev. (March 4-5) – R.C. Whitwell recorded his fourth feature win of the season and Scott Drake got his first when IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds ventured to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for a midweek special on the half-mile Dirt Track. Whitwell proved the fastest of 50 Wednesday night entries. He’d started eighth, battled back and forth with the 10th starting Josh Vogt much of the way and finally locked down the lead with three circuits left in the 25-lapper.Vogt ended in second, about five car lengths off the pace. Bobby Hogge IV, Scott Drake and Clay Daly completed the top five. Forty-three Modifieds vied on Thursday. Drake led all 25 circuits after starting outside the front row in the Terry Henry Race Prep-owned ride out of Bakersfield, Calif. Whitwell made it too close for comfort after Drake got slowed by lapped traffic in the final four laps. He’d trailed by 10 car lengths before catching up coming out of the final turn.The front pair made contact and Drake got into the front stretch wall while taking the checkers.Whitwell, Ryan Ruter, Cody Laney and Jason Noll were next across the stripe.Both main events paid $750 to win. Kenny Wallace piloted a bor­rowed ride, dropped out of his heat race with transmission woes and was unable to start his opening night “B.” He was 17th on Thursday. Feature ResultsMarch 4 – 1. R.C. Whitwell; 2. Josh Vogt; 3. Bobby Hogge IV; 4. Scott Drake; 5. Clay Daly; 6. Bret Bennett; 7. Tim Ward; 8. Ethan Dotson; 9. Andy Obertello; 10. Rob Sanders; 11. Sean Stewart; 12. Ryan Porter; 13. Troy Morris Jr.; 14. Logan Drake; 15. David Karst; 16. Wade Taylor; 17. Lance Mari; 18. Ryan Ruter; 19. Bert Beech; 20. Charles Davis Jr.; 21. Tony Kinkade Jr.; 22. Jason Noll; 23. Kyle Heckman; 24. Justen Yeager. March 5 – 1. Drake; 2. Whitwell; 3. Ruter; 4. Cody Laney; 5. Noll; 6. Heckman; 7. Hogge; 8. Vogt; 9. Ward; 10. Daly; 11. Bennett; 12. Roger Holder; 13. Dotson; 14. Obertello; 15. Chris Crompe; 16. Morris; 17. Kenny Wallace; 18. Stewart; 19. Karst; 20. Mari; 21. Jay Marks; 22. Sanders; 23. Trent Guest; 24. Billy Wormsbecker.last_img read more