Weekly unemployment claims increase for second week

first_imgThere were 882 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week. This is an increase of 130 from the week before, as new claims increased again following a decline in the aftermath of  Tropical Storm Irene. In looking at the table below, you will see that the summer’s historically low claims came to an abrupt end with the storm. While the numbers are considerably lower than the Irene spike numbers, they have been, for the last couple of weeks, nearly double the initial claims observed in July and August. Altogether 5,946 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 50 from a week ago, but 2,112 fewer than a year ago. The Department also processed 1,494 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 66 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 701 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is 12 more than 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 fell one-tenth in September to 5.8 percent. See story HERE.    See Table and graphs below weekly data.Vermont Labor Force StatisticsSeasonally Adjusted Change to         September 2011 from    September  2011 August  2011 September  2010 August  2011 September  2010 center_img Total Labor Force362,100359,800360,1002,3002,000  Employment340,900338,800338,8002,1002,100  Unemployment21,10021,10021,3000-200  Rate5.8%5.9%5.9%-0.1-0.1last_img read more

Religious-liberty protections promote tolerance

first_imgWashington Post 1 April 2015A national firestorm has erupted over an Indiana law that, in all essentials, mirrors the legal standard protecting religious liberty in all federal courts and 31 state courts. Why? The answer, unfortunately, is “the culture war” — and, contrary to media portrayals, conservatives aren’t the aggressors here.Who favors coercion in this debate? Who opposes tolerance and pluralism? The answer to both questions: activists on the left.The laws under attack — Religious Freedom Restoration Acts — are designed to shield all faiths from government coercion. These acts have, for example, protected a Sikh woman’s freedom to carry religious articles at her workplace. They have allowed a Native American boy to wear his hair long, according to his religious beliefs, at his school.They also might protect those who hold the belief — attested to from the beginning of the Hebrew Bible to the end of the Christian Bible and throughout the Koran — that marriage is the union of man and woman.And that’s the belief that the left cannot abide. Well-funded special-interest groups refuse to respect the liberty of people of faith who simply ask to be left alone by government to run their charities, schools and businesses in accordance with their beliefs about marriage.http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/religious-liberty-protections-promote-tolerance/2015/04/01/4fb66cca-d88b-11e4-ba28-f2a685dc7f89_story.html?postshare=4961427978235186last_img read more