Vermont Department of Employment and TrainingVermont Unemployment Press ReleaseJune 17, 2005For Immediate ReleaseContact: Michael Griffin, 802-828-4153E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail)Vermont Labor Force Statistics (Seasonally Adjusted) May 2005 April 2005 May 2004Total Labor Force 351,600 352,300 352,900 Employment 340,700 340,700 340,300 Unemployment 10,900 11,600 12,600 Rate (%) 3.1 3.3 3.6Montpelier — The Department of Employment and Training announced today that theseasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May was 3.1 percent, down two tenths of apercentage point from the revised April estimate. The change from last month was notstatistically significant.Unemployment rates for Vermont’s 17 labor market areas ranged from 1.7 percent inHartford to 3.9 percent in Rutland and Springfield. Labor market area rates are notseasonally adjusted; for comparison, the unadjusted rate for Vermont was 3.0 percent.”Vermont’s unemployment rate dropped once more to its lowest level in four years,” saidPatricia A. McDonald, Commissioner of the Department of Employment and Training.”May’s early season job gains in leisure and construction were particularly encouragingsigns for the labor market.”The number of seasonally adjusted jobs grew by 2,200 in May, a considerably larger gaincompared to the changes from recent months. The largest increase came from the leisureand hospitality industries, which bounced back from a loss in April. Other small gainsresulted from growth in the construction industry, professional and business services andgovernment services. Expansion may also have occurred in sectors of the economywhich are not published. Additionally, the figure for total seasonally adjusted jobs mayhave slightly overstated actual gains.Before seasonal adjustment, total nonfarm employment grew by almost 4,000 jobs. Thegains occurred in the industries that usually expand as the summer months approach.Construction showed the largest growth, adding jobs at a rate on par with prior years.Entertainment, recreation and the food service industries began their usual summer hiringwith fairly typical gains. Professional and business services also experienced increasesrelated to seasonal hiring. Within the professional and business sector, administrativesupport led the growth with employment increases primarily from traffic control andlandscaping companies. Other job gains occurred in retail, manufacturing, and healthcare. Hotels, motels and other lodging experienced employment losses with the wrap-upof the winter tourism season. State and private colleges also showed a drop in jobstypical for the end of the academic year.Total nonfarm employment increased 1.6% over the last twelve months. The annualgrowth rate was slightly stronger than it was in April.
Former Ireland captain Trent Johnston is to retire from international cricket in December. Press Association “It’s been a difficult decision and I’ve racked my brains ever since I came back from the United Arab Emirates in March,” he said. “It’s becoming harder to recover after matches now, so much so that I can hardly walk for a couple of days. “Indeed after that UAE tour, it took me a full week to recover and my young son Charlie and daughter Claudia were having to pull on and off my socks, so that was quite embarrassing! “I knew then my time was limited and, although it would have been great to play in another World Cup in Australia, it was just beyond me. “It’s time to move on to new things and gives (coach) Phil (Simmons) the chance to find somebody to replace me.” Johnston is third on the all-time list of Ireland’s leading wicket-takers with 264 at 23.13 – behind only Jimmy Boucher and Dermott Monteith – and is only one of three Ireland players to have taken a hat-trick. He has scored 2,398 runs at 21.04, with 10 half-centuries. The Australia-born 39-year-old has played 186 times for Ireland, skippering the nation in their breakthrough 2007 World Cup campaign and also appearing at the 2011 showpiece after stepping down as captain. He will call time on his international and representative cricket career after the ICC Intercontinental Cup final in Dubai in December, which takes place following the World Twenty20 qualifiers.