Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims fell again last week to a very low level, as the trend that began in mid-August continues. Overall, claims have edged down for the last seven weeks. After running marginally higher in 2016 than in 2015 for most of the year, they are now below last year’s numbers. For the week of October 1, 2016, there were 328 claims, down 25 from the previous week’s total and 24 fewer than they were a year ago. By industry, claims were slightly lower from last week, except for small increase in Construction, as Services, as usual, reported the most claims with 48 percent of the total. Altogether 2,889 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 102 from a week ago, and 138 fewer than a year ago.The Department processed 0 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08).Vermont’s unemployment rate rose one-tenth to 3.3 percent in August, as the labor force and total employment decreased, along with an increase in the number of unemployed. Overall this was a slightly worse report than for June or July but only marginally so. SEE STORY.RELATED: PAI: Workers and families saw solid gains in 2015The 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)NOTE: Employment (nonfarm payroll) – A count of all persons who worked full- or part-time or received pay from a nonagricultural employer for any part of the pay period which included the 12th of the month. Because this count comes from a survey of employers, persons who work for two different companies would be counted twice. Therefore, nonfarm payroll employment is really a count of the number of jobs, rather than the number of persons employed. Persons may receive pay from a job if they are temporarily absent due to illness, bad weather, vacation, or labor-management dispute. This count is based on where the jobs are located, regardless of where the workers reside, and is therefore sometimes referred to as employment “by place of work.” Nonfarm payroll employment data are collected and compiled based on the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey, conducted by the Vermont Department of Labor. This count was formerly referred to as nonagricultural wage and salary employment.
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Hard as it is to believe, the high school football regular season comes to a close Friday night.Two parish matchups highlight the final week. Airline (6-3, 3-2) faces Parkway (7-1, 4-1) in District 1-5A at Preston Crownover Stadium, and Bossier (4-5, 2-4 1-4A) visits Benton (7-2, 4-2) in District 1-4A.In the other regular-season finales, Haughton (4-5, 1-4) plays Captain Shreve (5-4, 2-3) in District 1-5A at Lee Hedges Stadium and Plain Dealing (4-5, 2-4) visits Arcadia (7-2, 5-1) in District 1-1A.Only Parkway has a shot at winning a district championship.If Byrd (4-5, 3-2) defeats Evangel Christian Academy (7-2, 5-0) at Evangel, the Panthers and Eagles will share the District 1-5A championship.Of course, that’s a very big if. Evangel’s average margin of victory in its five district games is 47 points.Airline coach Bo Meeks has suffered some tough losses in his career, and he’ll likely have some more.But it’s doubtful any of them will be any tougher than last week’s 36-34 loss to Byrd in three overtimes at Lee Hedges Stadium.The Vikings missed some scoring opportunities in regulation and had an extra-point kick that would’ve given them the victory in overtime blocked.It’s important to remember that football is a team game. A loss is never one player’s fault. And vice versa, one player can’t win a game by himself no matter how talented. Plus, the other team deserves credit.Parkway is the favorite in Friday night’s game. But if anyone other than Evangel can slow down the Panthers’ high-powered offense, it’s the Airline defense.Parkway has won four of the last five and dominated the last two years.I look for a more competitive game Friday. One thing Airline can’t afford to do, though, is get behind early.With a win, Airline can tie Parkway for the district’s runner-up spot. That’s not bad considering the Vikings came into the season without a returning starter.Regardless, the winner could get a boost in the 5A power rankings, which determine playoff seedings.Airline enters the game at No. 21 and Parkway at No. 8. The top 16 teams host first-round games.As expected, Parkway hammered one-win Southwood 48-6 last week.Bossier is at No. 35 in the Class 4A rankings. An upset win over Benton could boost the Bearkats into the top 32 and the playoffs.Regardless, Bossier’s season can already be considered a success. After last week’s 28-21 victory over Huntington, the Bearkats now have one more win than the three previous seasons combined.Benton won’t win a third straight District 1-4A championship, but the Tigers also have had another successful season.Benton bounced back from Week 7’s loss to Woodlawn with a 42-20 victory over Northwood last week.The Tigers are No. 10 in the 4A power rankings and will likely host a first-round game regardless of the outcome of Friday night’s game.Benton is definitely the favorite, but Bossier is playing well. The Bearkats led Huntington 28-7 in the second half and then had to hold on at the end. It was a warm night at Memorial Stadium, and the Bearkats have several two-way players. That showed at the end.If Bossier gets behind early, it will be a long night for the Bearkats. If Bossier can sustain some drives and keep Benton’s high-scoring offense on the bench, the Bearkats may have a chance.Haughton went up against an Evangel team last week that has dominated the district, and the Bucs lost 52-0.That’s not much worse than how the other 1-5A teams have done, but coach Jason Brotherton said he wished his team had competed a little better.I expect that to happen this week against Shreve. Brotherton will be going against his brother Coy, the offensive coordinator at Shreve and former Plain Dealing head coach.At No. 23 in the 5A power rankings, Haughton should make the playoffs win or lose. But the Bucs, of course, would like to improve that ranking and finish the regular season at .500.Plain Dealing has a big challenge against Arcadia. The Hornets have one of Northwest Louisiana’s top running backs in sophomore Corey Russell, who has gained more than 1,700 yards.Last week, Plain Dealing fell to D’Arbonne Woods on a touchdown with 20 seconds left.But that was the only touchdown the Timberwolves scored in the second half.The Lions will have to put together two halves of good football to have a chance against Arcadia.Regardless, Plain Dealing will be going to the playoffs. A win will keep the Lions at home in the first round. A loss could mean a road game.Russell Hedges is Sports Editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune. He may be reached at [email protected] Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? 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Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Former Brentford youngster Juan Pablo Gonzalez Velasco has joined Tottenham.The 17-year-old midfielder, who is Colombian born but has a Spanish passport, had a trial with Burnley earlier in the summer.But he has opted to join Spurs after playing 22 minutes for their Under-18s in a victory over Aston Villa on Saturday.AdChoices广告Gonzalez Velasco is a Colombia Under-17 international, who has also spent time with the Under-20 squad.
Japanese publisher Konami, known for titles such are Pro Evolution Soccer and the Metal Gear series is establishing a new Tokyo base for its esports activities. The new site will include a central esports arena, as well as shops selling gaming peripherals, offices, and even classrooms for dedicated esports lessons.The building itself will be located in Tokyo’s Ginza district, a prominent high-end shopping area and hub of consumer activity. The twelve storey site will be equipped with the latest and greatest production equipment, including state of the art sound, video, lighting and communications systems. Konami aims for the construction to be completed by the end of 2019, just in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.On the new opportunity, Konami President Kimihiko Higashio commented that “the people who participate in esports will in the future, stand side by side with those participating in real-life sports like soccer, or even surpass them. Compared to esports pioneers America and Europe, Japan has still a long way to go. However, looking from another angle, it means Japan has lots of room for growth. I want to show the world, from here in Ginza, that the appeal of esports will not lose to that of real-life sports.”This new development comes as Japan continues to ramp up its investment in esports following the success of the ‘Japan vs. Asia’s finest’ Challenge Cup this January. The tournament saw teams compete in Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer 2019, as well as other titles including CS:GO, Street Fighter V, and Tekken 7.Esports Insider says: Japanese esports appears to be very keen to catch up to it’s international and regional counterparts. With the country’s esports market growing to ¥4.8 billion (~£33 million) in value by the end of 2018, it is only a drop in the ocean of our billion dollar industry. Japan does, however, have all the prerequisites you would look for in a growing esports market, so it will be interesting to see what parties and organisations make their way into the scene in the future.