There were 1,361 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, the second time in three weeks claims have spiked over 1,000 and now exceed the post Tropical Irene spike. This is an increase of 246 from the week before. Last summer’s historically low claims came to an abrupt end with the storm. The numbers then dropped signifcantly in the following weeks, but in the last several weeks there has been mostly an increase in the number of new claims. The latest numbers are more than double the initial claims observed in July and August.Altogether 7,113 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 58 from a week ago, and 2,613 fewer than a year ago. The Department also processed 1,384 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 173 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 601 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is 78 fewer 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 two-tenths in October to 5.6 percent. SEE STORY HERE.
Tyson Fury weighed in just one pound heavier than world champion Wladimir Klitschko ahead of Saturday’s showdown in DusseldorfDespite claiming just before the weigh-in he was going to be around 18st 3lb, Fury tipped the scales at 112kg – 17st 8lbs – and has weighed-in that light just twice before in his 24-0-KO18 career as a professional.Reports suggested Klitschko was looking leaner than in previous fights, but the WBA Super, WBO and IBF king was 111.5kg – 17st 7lbs – ahead of this one; more than four pounds heavier than he was at the weigh-in for his April’s points victory over Bryant Jennings.The pair were introduced by the sport’s most famous emcee Michael Buffer and Fury entered the event, which was held in the head office of a sports company and was closed off to the public, to ‘Just A Little Talk With Jesus.’Fury then removed his shirt prematurely and promptly put it back on for Klitschko’s entrance, made to his customary theme tune of ‘Can’t Stop’ by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The champion shook several hands but was refused Fury’s, as the challenger shook his head before playfully shadow-boxing. After the weights were read out, the pair stood face to face for the final time before they meet in the ring at the Esprit arena and they were in no hurry to take their eyes off each other. The stare, with Klitschko particularly vacant in expression, went on for a full minute before an organiser stepped in.Having gazed menacingly at the Ukrainian throughout, Fury finally agreed to a parting hand-shake accompanied by some final words: “Let the games begin.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports