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Jobless level falls to lowest level in four years

first_imgVermont Department of Employment and TrainingVermont Unemployment Press ReleaseJune 17, 2005For Immediate ReleaseContact: Michael Griffin, 802-828-4153E-Mail: [email protected](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.last_img read more

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Governor’s budget heavy on new judges

first_img Governor’s budget heavy on new judges But very little else sought by the courts and related agencies is in the gubnatorial fiscal plan Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Gov. Jeb Bush’s proposed 2005-06 budget for the court system and related agencies is a mixed bag.On one hand, Bush recommended full funding for all 110 new judgeships certified by the Florida Supreme Court this year. On the other, very little else sought by the courts and related agencies is in the gubernatorial fiscal plan — including no new employees for public defenders, capital collateral regional counsels, guardians ad litem, and only five more for state attorneys.The governor’s budget also does not contain any funds for the Civil Legal Assistance Act, a program that helps fund legal aid programs that assist families with legal problems.“We’re less than pleased with his recommendations,” said Second Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs, president of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association. “And we don’t understand it. The number of crimes is going up. You check with law enforcement. . . they’re getting new people.“We’ll just do more with less.”Overall, the governor’s budget gave public defenders $164.7 million and kept the number of employees the same at 2,705.25. Similarly, public defender appellate operations got $13.2 million, with the number of employees there remaining at 180.75.For state attorneys, Bush suggested a budget of $335.3 million, although the total number of employees would increase from 5,714.25 to 5,719.25.For the courts, Bush recommended a total budget of $399.2 million. That includes more than $9 million for 67 new circuit judges and 41 new county court judges, along with a judicial assistant for each, to be phased in during the year.According to the justification included in the budget, “The additional judges will help ensure full judicial access for Florida’s citizens. The certified need for judges includes: Two judges for the district courts of appeal, 41 county judges, and 67 judges for the circuit courts, along with the necessary support positions. This issue provides funding for 34 judges effective November 2005, 45 judges effective March 2006, and 31 judges effective June 2006, to ensure sufficient time for the application and appointment process.”But other than some capital improvements, little else requested by the courts was included in Bush’s proposed spending plan.Likewise, the Capital Collateral Regional Counsels and the Statewide Guardian Ad Litem Office had requested staffing and funding increases but didn’t get them in the budget.Meggs and Fifth Circuit Public Defender Skip Babb, president of the Florida Public Defender Association, expressed disappointment with the governor’s budget, but noted legislators can and do make adjustments to the spending plan.“We’re going to have a public relations campaign to convince those people who are in charge of the money that we really need some help,” Babb said. “We are beginning to stagger with the mandatory sentencing laws and the lock ’em up philosophy we have now.”Both Babb and Meggs said many of the proposed new judges would be assigned to handle criminal cases, which will lead to a demand for more prosecutors and public defenders to staff those courts.“If you don’t have a [new] public defender, that means we have to double our caseload. We’ve got to cover that court. We have to take all the cases that are going there and give them to a lawyer who already has too many cases,” Babb said.Meggs said cities, counties, and the state are typically adding more law enforcement officers; new judges are being supported; and more prisons are being built. Yet, he said, prosecutors and public defenders aren’t getting more people to handle the rising workload.Both Meggs and Babb said low pay continues to be an issue, with both offices plagued by experienced lawyers leaving for better-paying jobs in the private sector.“There are like 1,800 assistant state attorneys in Florida and 1,100 of them left — over the past five years — in the first five years [of their employment],” Meggs said. “About the time we get someone trained and proficient at what they’re doing, they get another job.”He said that also means that less experienced prosecutors and defenders have to be thrown into more complex cases to take up the slack. Over and over, Meggs and Babb said, they hear the same story: The prosecutor or public defender enjoys the work, wants to stay, but can’t afford the low salary with a family, house payments, and a law school loan to repay.“It is the people of Florida who lost a good prosecutor,” Meggs added.It wasn’t just more people the two offices wanted. In December Meggs told a Senate committee that the prosecutors needed $19 million in additional funds for pay equity and staff pay raises. None of that was in the governor’s budget. Public defenders had similar requests.Charlotte Jerrett, director of administrative services for the Office of the State Courts Administrator, said other than the new judges, the courts got little of what they asked for.Among the requests from the courts, and the governor’s corresponding recommendations, were:• Six more employees for the Supreme Court, primarily for the Inspector General’s Office and for security, and 10 more for OSCA, mostly to keep up with Art. V, Revision 7 implementation issues. None were included in Bush’s budget.• $4.9 million for capital improvements to the Supreme Court, including roof repairs and security improvements, plus another $1 million for routine maintenance and upkeep. Bush recommended $2.5 million. DCAs had requested about $800,000 for various projects, including replacing the air conditioning at the Third DCA. None was in the governor’s budget.• $1.8 million for insurance for judges, similar to other elected officials. Currently judges must pay the employee share for coverage in the state plan. That was not included in the suggested budget.• $6.5 million to hire 95 new law clerks for circuit judges to bring the ratio of one clerk per three judges to one clerk for every two judges, plus another 33 clerks if the new 67 proposed circuit judges were approved. No new clerks were included in Bush’s budget.• $7 million to continue transitions related to court reporting and the Revision 7 takeover by the state of most trial court funding. Jerrett said about half of that was to start buying digital reporting equipment. None was included by Bush.• Restoring $2.5 million in “salary lapse” funds, the lack of which has required the courts to hire new personnel at the minimum possible wage, which has made it hard to hire experienced employees.• $1 million to pick up the costs of leased equipment when the state takes over equipment from the counties as part of the Revision 7 changes. No money was budgeted for that.The CCRCs had requested four new attorneys and one investigator total for the south and central regional offices, noting that more death penalties were being upheld on appeal and increased their workloads. The governor’s budget had no new positions and cut about $45,000 from their $7.3 million budget.Likewise, the Statewide Guardian Ad Litem Office, which now provides assistance to about half the children in the dependancy courts, has hoped to expand on that number with a larger staff, asking for $4.3 million in additional funds — beyond the total current budget of $22.3 million — to move closer to 100 percent representation. But Bush proposed maintaining the current 378.5 employees, with a $22.6 million budget. Governor’s budget heavy on new judges February 15, 2005 Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

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SCC competes in regional SkillsUSA competition

first_imgVersailles, IN—Southeastern Career Center recently competed at SkillsUSA Indiana Regional Leadership and Skills Conference Competition at Vincennes University on February 8. SkillsUSA is an applied method of instruction for preparing America’s high-performance workers enrolled in public career and technical programs.The SkillsUSA Indiana State Leadership and Skills Conference competes at the regional and state level before advancing to the national level.  Southeastern Career Center advanced students to the state competition this past weekend.  The State competition will be held at Indiana State Fairgrounds on April 18 and 19. The following are results of the winners for the regional competition of students from Southeastern Career Center: CNC Technician:                                                Anthony Mulford               3rd                      South Ripley                                                                                                                                                        Nathan Kidwell                  4th                     East Central HS Welding Technology:                                     Hunter Foote                       2nd                   East Central HS                                                                           Keegan Weberding            4th                      Batesville High HS                                                                           Ethan Mathews                    5th                     Jennings County HS Technical Drafting:                                           Trevor Schacht                  2nd                   South Dearborn HS                                                                               Blaze Wallace                    3rd                    Rising Sun HS Carpentry:                                                         Christian Byrd                    1st                     Jac-Cen-Del                                                                             Sean Miner                         4th                    Batesville HS                                                                             Drake Walker                     5th                   South Ripley HS Masonry:                                                           Tyler Pelfrey                         3rd                   South Ripley HS Competition Event                                   Student Name                  Place                     High School Electrical Construction and Wiring:           Spencer Shaum                  4th                     South Dearborn HS Diesel Technology:                                            Jacob Grossman               1st                        South Ripley HS                                                                               Conner Delay                     2nd                      Jac-Cen-Del HS                                                                               Fred Hauser                       4th                     South Dearborn HS                                                                               Brenna Huesman             5th                      South Ripley HSlast_img read more

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Panthers edge Trinidad Northern to win STAG Beer Guyana Carnival 7s

first_imgPANTHERS Rugby Club came out winners 12-7 over Trinidad Northern Rugby Club after 14 minutes of intense battle, to win this year’s STAG Beer Guyana Carnival 7s tournament on Sunday evening at the National Park.The scores were level, 7-7, at halftime and based on the relentless defending by the two sides, the game seemed set to go into extra time.However, Osie McKenzie made a blistering run down the middle to score what would be the winning try of the game.Jamal Angus had scored the first try which was converted by Godfrey Broomes.The visitors quickly responded with a breakaway of their own with Davel Scott making the try which was brilliantly converted by Sebastian Navarro.Northern had trounced Panthers 22-7 during the preliminary stages and knocked out defending champions Pepsi Hornets via a 14-0 rout.Panthers drew 12-12 with Yamaha Caribs in the first match and got convincing victories over Hornets (14-12) and Police (29-7).Panthers captain Rondell McArthur said they were overjoyed with the victory, especially after bouncing back from a tough defeat to Northern.Journalist Rawle Toney, chief organiser of the event, expressed great delight at the high level of play. He strongly believes the one-day event gave the national selection panel an overview of possible options for the Olympic Qualifiers for Cayman Islands in July.Toney also brought broader smiles to players by stating the first-place prize will move to US$5000 next year, making it the most lucrative tournament in the Caribbean.“Let me say this now; Guyana Carnival Rugby Sevens will be $1M (US$5000). I am putting that out there because we have the support of our sponsors. This year’s tournament, as it is, recognised as the second largest prize money for rugby in the Caribbean and next year we will supersede that of any tournament in the Caribbean,” he fervently stated.Apart from Ansa McAL Trading Limited through the STAG Beer brand, Guyana Lottery Company’s Let’s Bet Sports and Ramps Logistics were the other partners. (Information extracted from the Newsroom).last_img read more

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