Vermont construction employment gains back some jobs after big losses

first_imgVermont gained the second most construction-related jobs in November, but still ranks only 45th in the nation over the last year. Construction employment expanded in 20 states between October and November, while the list of states with year-over-year construction job gains grew to 13 states plus the District of Columbia, the Associated General Contractors of America reported in an analysis of state employment data released today by the Labor Department. The new figures continue a year-long pattern of mixed results in construction employment as overall demand remains weak, association officials noted.‘It is encouraging that the number of states adding jobs year-over-year was higher in November than at any time since February 2008,’ said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. ‘However, the data also make clear that these gains are as spotty as they are tenuous.’Simonson noted, for example, that California had the largest monthly increase in construction employment’adding 7,800 jobs’but also the largest 12-month drop’36,900 jobs, or 6.4 percent. New Jersey and New York had the next-highest number of construction job gains in November with 4,500. New Jersey also led the nation in monthly percentage gains (3.7 percent), followed by Vermont (3.4 percent, 400 jobs) and Maine (2.5 percent, 600 jobs).The largest year-over-year percentage gains occurred in Oklahoma (9.2 percent, 6,100 jobs), New Hampshire (6.7 percent, 1,500 jobs) and Kansas (4.7 percent, 2,700 jobs). Texas had the largest increase in the number of construction employees (13,400 jobs, 2.4 percent).Washington had the largest number of monthly job losses (4,200 jobs), followed by Utah (2,400 jobs) and North Carolina (2,300). In November, employment shrank in 29 states and held steady in D.C. and Alaska.On a year-over-year basis, the largest losses were in California (36,900 jobs, -6.4 percent), Nevada (16,600 jobs, -22.0 percent’the steepest percentage decline) and Florida (12,900 jobs, -3.6 percent). Other large year-over-year percentage declines occurred in Idaho (-15.5 percent, 5,100 jobs) and Montana (-11.2 percent, 2,700 jobs). In all, 36 states lost construction jobs over the past 12 months, while construction employment was unchanged in Massachusetts.Association officials cautioned that construction employment figures were likely to fluctuate and possibly drop over the coming months as many stimulus-funded projects begin to wind down and private-sector demand remains weak. They added that newly passed legislation that prevented steep tax increases, including for many small construction firms, will help boost overall economic activity and could drive new demand for construction later next year.‘The tax bill is a step in the right direction because it will revitalize the economy and help boost private-sector construction demand,’ said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. ‘But Congress still needs to act on long-delayed infrastructure bills and provide businesses with relief from an increasingly costly regulatory burden.View construction employment figures by state and by rank.last_img read more

5 things credit unions must do when adopting electronic signatures

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Our friend Brad Powell at Axiaware hit the nail on the head with this post – with his permission, we’re reposting it here ! (To see the original, follow this link)Leaders at banks and credit unions that have not adopted electronic signatures are feeling the pressure.Maybe the pressure is coming from customers and members. Remember when your neighbor said they would NEVER shop online? Now Amazon boxes arrive at least three times per week. By now bank customers and credit union members are comfortable conducting any and all sorts of business online, so they want to manage their finances via desktop, mobile phone or tablet – or all three – as well.Or maybe the pressure is coming from their managers, who imagine the efficiencies and risk reduction that electronic signatures could produce.Or it could be pressure from vendors who aggressively pitch their electronic signature solution – and tell you, “It’s easy.”In response, I have two words: Slow down.Yes, moving to electronic signatures can please customers and help your bottom line – and it’s not rocket science to install. But “easy” is the wrong word – it’s not complicated, but only if you know the landscape, pay attention to detail and make the move for the right reasons. continue reading »last_img read more

Men’s Basketball Closes Home Season Against Indiana State

first_imgStory Links Buy Tickets Drake Game Notes Live Audio Potential MVC Player of the Year candidate Nick McGlynn continues to lead the league in rebounding in league games at 9.1 rebounds per game and ninth in scoring at 15.0 points per game. He is coming off an 18-point, nine-rebound performance in the Bulldogs’ last game, a 67-60 stumble at Illinois State. The Bulldogs are 12-2 at home this season and defeated Indiana State, 68-62, in Terre Haute earlier this year for the team’s third-straight win over the Sycamores. ESPN+ Drake’s 20-win season is the sixth in program history, the first since 2007-08 and second since 1970-71. The 21 wins are tied for the fourth most in program history and the Bulldogs have secured back-to-back winning conference records for the first time since 1971. The Drake University men’s basketball plays its final home game of the 2018-19 season when it hosts Indiana State Wednesday evening. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. on Mediacom MC22 and ESPN+. Before the start of the game, the program will honor its three seniors in their final home game.In addition to honoring the program’s three seniors, the Bulldogs also aim to maintain a grip on first place in the Missouri Valley Conference as they enter the final week of the season in a three-way tie on top of the league standings.  Live Stats Following Wednesday’s home finale, the Bulldogs close the season on the road at Missouri State Saturday, March 2. The Bears are the second team in the three-way knot at the top of the league standings. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


first_imgDETECTIVES from the PSNI’s Terrorist Investigation Unit have arrested a man over a foiled murder bid on a serving police officer.The 27-year-old man was arrested in the village of Eglinton earlier this evening as part of a follow up investigation into the attempt to set a device off under the officer’s car.He has was arrested under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act and taken to the serious crime suite in Antrim for questioning. It brings to four the number of people held on both sides of the border on suspicion of attempted murder, conspiracy to murder, possession of explosives with intent to endanger life.In the early hours of this morning, police were alerted to suspicious activity outside the officer’s home at Glenrandel in Eglinton.The alarm was raised around 2.45 am and 15 families in the street, including an elderly couple were evacuated from their homes.Army Technical Officers were tasked to the scene and revealed that they found a booby trap bomb attached to the underside of the officer’s car which was parked outside his home. His wife is also a serving PSNI officer and both work in the community say police chiefs “trying to keep the public safe”.The device was later made safe and area was re-opened to traffic and residents were allowed to return to their homes.While the PSNI were conducting inquiries into the dissident republicans behind the murder, Gardai made a significant inroad into catching the bombers.Around 4 am they stopped a car carrying three men in their 20s and 30s in the village of Killygordon in east Donegal shortly after the vehicle crossed the border.Garda forensic teams also carried out searches on Thursday evening linked to a foiled bomb attack. Boiler-suited Gards with metal detectors and sniffer dogs combed fields around Killygordon in the Finn Valley area.They are looking for any discarded items which may have thrown from a car.The searches are in response to the arrests of three men earlier today in Co Donegal in connection with the discovery of a bomb under a policeman’s car in Derry this morning.Two suspects were taken for interview to Letterkenny Garda station while a third was being detained in Milford Garda. They are being questioned under the Offences Against the State Act for up to 48 hours.The Garda’s Special Detective Unit is liaising with the PSNI’s Terrorist Investigation Unit based at Derry’s Maydown station over the arrests.Earlier today, Derry police chief Supt Mark McEwan said the bomb bid was an “attempt to murder and cause mayhem”.He said: “The target of focus of the investigation is violent dissident republicans.“This could have been a tragedy.“This officer serves the community day and daily. He keeps people safe. Someone has crept in and planted a bomb underneath his car.“I have spoken with the officers and they are calm and dealing with it in a professional way.”Supt McEwan added: “This device had the potential to harm not only the officer but anyone in that residential area and those involved have shown a blatant disregard for human life.“This is yet another example of the cowardly elements in our society who show no regard for the safety of local residents and the police officers who serve their community.“We are obviously very thankful that this attack was thwarted and that no one was injured here this morning.“Clearly there are people out there in today’s society who are still intent on causing murder and mayhem.“Glenrandel remains closed to traffic and residents and approximately 15 houses had to be evacuated during the early hours.“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the local residents for their patience and co-operation and assure them that we are taking every sensible step to keep them safe and minimise any further impact on them.“The investigation is at an early stage and we would appeal for anyone who may have been in this area around 2.45am this morning or in recent days who may have witnessed anything untoward or noticed any persons acting in a suspicious manner.“We are also appealing for anyone who may have witnessed any vehicles seen leaving the area at speed shortly after 2.45am to contact us.“Anyone with information should contact detectives at Strand Road on 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”There has been widespread condemnation of the attempt to murder the police officer.Foyle MP Mark Durkan condemned those behind the attack.“These people are capable of using a viable device, but they don’t actually have a viable political strategy, no coherent message and it is not what the community want,” he said.“Let’s be very clear about the support and sympathy and solidarity that we are offering to the police officer concerned.”FRESH ARREST IN HUNT FOR DISSIDENT BOMBERS WHO TRIED TO KILL PSNI OFFICER was last modified: June 18th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:arrestsbombDerrydonegallast_img read more